Adenan announces Sarawak Cabinet, names three deputy CMs

Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem was sworn in as chief minister on the night of May 7, hours after Barisan Nasional (BN) swept to victory in the state election, taking 72 out of 82 state assembly seats. — Bernama pic
Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem was sworn in as chief minister on the night of May 7, hours after Barisan Nasional (BN) swept to victory in the state election, taking 72 out of 82 state assembly seats. — Bernama pic

KUCHING, May 13 — Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem announced today his 10-member state Cabinet, naming himself also as finance minister and minister of resource planning and environment.

He named as three deputy chief ministers former federal minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Parti Rakyat Sarawak president Tan Sri Dr James Masing and PBB deputy president Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg.

The nine ministers took their oath before Sarawak Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud this afternoon.

Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg arrives for the swearing in ceremony for the Sarawak Cabinet in Kuching May 13, 2016. — Picture by Sulok Tawie
Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg arrives for the swearing in ceremony for the Sarawak Cabinet in Kuching May 13, 2016. — Picture by Sulok Tawie

Adenan was sworn in as chief minister on the night of May 7, hours after Barisan Nasional (BN) swept to victory in the state election, taking 72 out of 82 state assembly seats.

Apart from being a deputy chief minister, Uggah will also be Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture and Rural Economy.

Tan Sri James Jemut Masing arrives for the swearing in ceremony for the Sarawak Cabinet in Kuching May 13, 2016. — Picture by Sulok Tawie
Tan Sri James Jemut Masing arrives for the swearing in ceremony for the Sarawak Cabinet in Kuching May 13, 2016. — Picture by Sulok Tawie

Masing will head the Infrastructure Development and Transportation portfolio, while Abang Johari will be Minister of Housing and Urbanisation and Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

SUPP president Datuk Professor Dr Sim Kui Hian was appointed Minister of Local Government; Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh as Second Minister of Finance.

Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan as Second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment and Minister of Industrial Development, Trade and Investment; Datuk Seri Michael Manyin as Minister of Youth and Sports and Solidarity; Datuk Fatimah Abdullah as Minister of Welfare, Women and Community and Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi Utom as Minister of Public Utilities.

Datuk Fatimah Abdullah was appointed as Minister of Welfare, Women and Community. — Picture by Sulok Tawie
Datuk Fatimah Abdullah was appointed as Minister of Welfare, Women and Community. — Picture by Sulok Tawie

Speaking to reporters after the swearing in, Adenan said there is one more ministerial vacancy to be filled.

“I will fill the vacancy at a later date and where is a need for it,” he said.

“Under the State Constitution, the composition of the state Cabinet shall consist of the chief minister and 10 ministers.However there is no limit as to the number of assistant ministers to be appointed,” he added.

He said he will announce the appointments of assistant ministers next week.

He described his Cabinet as a strong team that can fulfill the pledges made during the state elections.

“Fulfilling the pledges is our priority in the next five years. What we pledged we will fulfilled. That is our promises to the people,” he said.

Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian arrives for the swearing in ceremony for the Sarawak Cabinet in Kuching May 13, 2016. — Picture by Sulok Tawie
Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian arrives for the swearing in ceremony for the Sarawak Cabinet in Kuching May 13, 2016. — Picture by Sulok Tawie

Adenan denied that he had promised a deputy chief ministerial position for SUPP president Dr Sim if he won in the recent state election.

“I did not promise that. What I promised was he would be appointed a full minister,”  he said.

Dr Sim was elected Batu Kawah state assemblyman, defeating Christina Chiew Wang See of the DAP.

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