Awang Tengah appointed as Sarawak’s third DCM

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  • Sunday, 07 May 2017

KUCHING: Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan has been appointed as Sarawak’s third deputy chief minister in a major Cabinet reshuffle that also involved the appointment of two new ministers and assistant ministers.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said the new line-up would take effect today after a swearing-in ceremony before head of state Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Awang Tengah was also appointed as Second Minister for Urban Development and Natural Resour­ces, while retaining his portfolio as Minister of Industrial and Entrepre­neur Development.

Two assistant ministers pro­­mo­ted to full ministers are Datuk Ab­­dul Karim Rahman Hamzah (Mi­­nister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports) and Datuk Talib Zul­pilip (Minister in the Chief Minis­ters Office for Integrity and Ombuds­men).

The two new assistant ministers to be sworn-in today are Abdullah Saidol (Chief Minister’s Office Cor­porate Affairs) and Snowdan Lawan (Youth and Sports).

“The reshuffle is timely and ne­cessary to implement policies that I have announced earlier.

“This is a team that will improve on what we have planned to move the state forward,” Abang Johari told a packed press conference at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching yesterday after the conclusion of the PBB Jasamu Dikenang special convention.

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