Update from The Star News Desk
KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS0) president Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan made a comeback to the Sabah Cabinet after 10 years when he was sworn in as a minister in the Barisan Nasional line-up of Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman at 10.15am (0215GMT) Saturday.
Pairin, who led the state government for nine years until his PBS government was toppled in March 1994, is expected to be one of the three deputy chief ministers, along with Liberal Democratic Party president Datuk Chong Kah Kiat and Sabah Umno secretary Datuk Yahya Hussein.
Musa has brought in four new faces to the 11-member Cabinet while former deputy chief minister Datuk Lajim Okin of Umno and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah president Datuk Joseph Kurup, the former Youth and Sports Minister, have been dropped.
One of the new faces is PBS deputy president Dr Yee Moh Chai and others include United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) supreme council member Datuk Ewon Ebin, Sabah Umno treasurer Datuk Hajiji Noor and its deputy secretary Datuk Masidi Manjun.
Retained in Musa’s cabinet were Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) deputy president Datuk Raymond Tan, Sabah Umno information chief Datuk Rahim Ismail and Datuk Nasir Sakaran of Umno, son of former Yang Dipertua Negri Tun Sakaran Dandai.
Musa will be announcing the portfolios of his team at about 1pm (0500GMT), some three hoursafter the conclusion of the swearing-in ceremony before Yang Dipertua Negri Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah at Istana Negri.
Among the 14 assistant ministers sworn in were 11 new faces and three women.
The new assistant ministers include Sabah MCA chairman Datuk Edward Khoo, PBS secretary-general Datuk Radin Malleh, former Sabah Umno Youth chief Datuk Tawfiq Tintingan, PBS vice-president Edward Yong Oui Fah and Upko’s Bobby Suan.
The three women are the state’s first female Rungus assemblyman, Jornah Mozihim of PBS, SAPP's Melaine Chia and Umno's Zainab Ahmad.