PBS closer to joining Cabinet


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 03 Apr 2003

BY MUGUNTAN VANAR

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah took a step closer to being part of the state Barisan Nasional administration when its deputy president Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili was appointed science and technology advisor to the Chief Minister. 

Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman said the State Secretary was working out details for the post that may be a ministerial posting. 

“The terms and conditions are being worked out,” Musa said after chairing his first Cabinet meeting here yesterday. 

PBS, the second largest component in the state Barisan with 13 assemblymen, was left out of Musa’s state Cabinet that was sworn in Tuesday. 

Musa said Dr Maximus was picked for the job as he was also a member of the National IT Council chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad. 

The Science and Technology unit formerly under the Tourism, Environment and Culture Ministry was moved to the Chief Minister’s Department by Musa in efforts to streamline the state ministries with the Federal ministries. 

Musa also appointed Tourism, Environment and Culture Minister Datuk Chong Kah Kiat to continue heading the state committees for illegal logging and illegal fish bombing. 

He said ongoing moves to curb illegal immigrants and squatters would be monitored through the State Security Council while the state had requested Federal help to build low-cost houses for local squatters affected by demolitions.  

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