KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said today that he was satisfied with the new federal Cabinet line-up, especially since a portfolio has been created to look after the Sabah and Sarawak Affairs in tandem with the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
Abang Johari believed that the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) would see to it what had been previously discussed within the context of MA63 will be implemented.
“We have (a) minister to look after that, to implement what has been agreed. It is good, okay,” he said.
Sarawak has four full ministers in the new Cabinet line-up announced on Monday, with one of them being Senior Minister.
When prompted for comments on Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing having turned down his appointment as Deputy Minister of National Unity, the Chief Minister said: “That is normal.”
Abang Johari was quick to add: “But I think he (Tiong) is meeting the PM (Prime Minister) today.”
The four Sarawakian ministers are Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof (Works), Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi (Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs), Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives) and Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri (Tourism, Arts and Culture).
Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili is the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs).