KUCHING: The seven ministers and four deputy ministers from Sarawak in the new federal cabinet will serve as a strong team in highlighting important issues, specifically on development, affecting the state.
Lauding their appointments as a historic milestone, Second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan expressed hope that they would bring the much-needed improvement and progress to the state under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“I know they have huge responsibilities for the country but I hope that they will also be able to highlight important issues for Sarawak,” he said when met after officiating the Land and Survey Department’s Innovation and Integrity Day on Wednesday.
According to him, the state requires continuous observation especially in regards to bringing forth development and transformation to rural areas in terms of infrastructure such as roads, water and electricity supply.
In addition, Awang Tengah, who is also Minister of Public Utilities and Minister of Industrial Development, said that greater attention should also be placed on human capital development through various aspects as well as on eradicating poverty by increasing economic activities in both urban and rural areas.
“On the other hand, health aspects such as hospital facilities and 1Malaysia Clinics which are yet to be comprehensive in Sarawak are also needed,” he added.
While welcoming the new appointments, he also expressed his disappointment that no MP from the northern side of the state was appointed to the new cabinet.
“I feel aggrieved. It would be good to see MPs from Limbang or Lawas appointed…the very least as a deputy minister. Only then it would be considered complete.
“But nevertheless, I would like to express my gratitude to our Prime Minister for entrusting the leaders of Sarawak and appointing them into his cabinet,” he remarked.