Vow to help the rural poor


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 19 Mar 2008

MIRI: Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan, an MP of one of the most remote areas in Malaysia to hold a deputy minister’s post, has vowed to help transform the lives of the rural poor.  

After having served as MP for Baram for the past 15 years, Sagan knows what it is like to live in isolated places.  

“Though my post as Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister may not be involved directly in rural development, I will make sure the welfare of rural folks is looked into,” he said. 

Deputies on duty: Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister, Tan Sri Alfred Jabu (left) and Saganduring a meet the people session at Rumah Morgan, an Iban longhouse in Beluru.

Baram, in northern Sarawak, is the second largest and second most geographically-remote parliamentary constituency in Malaysia, after Ulu Rejang in central Sarawak. 

Sagan is one of the eight deputy federal ministers from Sarawak in the new Cabinet line-up. 

Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim who was formerly the parliamentary secretary of the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry was promoted to deputy minister. 

“I’m glad my feet will be on familiar ground and I look forward to working with the minister (Datuk Mustapa Mohamed).”  

Rohani, the first woman from Sarawak to be appointed a deputy minister, hoped to set a good example and pave the way for more women from the state to serve in the federal Cabinet. 

Deputy Works Minister Datuk Yong Khoon Seng said he was happy to be promoted within the same ministry where he had served as parliamentary secretary for the past 13 years. 

Asked about the SUPP representation in the Cabinet, Yong said the party got a good deal as it now has one minister and two deputy ministers.  

PBB youth chief Fadillah Yusof expressed surprise at being named Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister.  

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