KUCHING: Seven newly-appointed state assistant ministers received their instruments of appointment and were sworn in before Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin at the Astana here on Friday afternoon.
Of the seven, four are in the Chief Ministers Department Daud Abdul Rahman (Islamic Affairs), Mohd Naroden Majais (Bumiputra Entrepreneur Development), Larry Sng Wei Shien (Economic Planning) and Fatimah Abdullah (Human Resources and Training).
The others are Lee Kim Shin (Assistant Minister for Infrastructure Development and Communication), Hamden Ahmad (Assistant Minister of Youth Affairs) and Sylvester Entri Muran (Assistant Minister for Water Supply).
Also taking his oath of office was Datuk Awang Tengah Hasan, the sole assistant minister promoted to minister. He is Public Utilities Minister and Second Planning and Resource Management Minister.
With the latest appointments announced by Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud on Thursday, Sarawak now has nine ministers and 20 assistant ministers.