Frankie Poon is Sabah Health Minister, Ginger Phoong takes Youth portfolio


  • Nation
  • Friday, 17 May 2019

KOTA KINABALU: Tanjung Papat assemblyman Datuk Frankie Poon Ming Fung will officially be the new Sabah Health and People's Wellbeing Minister, taking over the post left vacant by the late Datuk Stephen Wong.

Frankie's current portfolio of Sabah Youth and Sports Minister will be taken over by Luyang assemblyman Ginger Phoong Jin Zhe, said Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal on Friday (May 17).

"The late Stephen, who was Sandakan Member of Parliament, was in the state cabinet as an appointed assemblyman.

"So the vacancy of appointed assemblyman will be filled by Sabah DAP treasurer Loh Ee Eng.

"This is not a cabinet reshuffle; just filling in posts. And the swearing-in ceremony will be held on Tuesday (May 21)," he told reporters at a press conference.

Shafie said Poon had been acting Sabah Health and People's Wellbeing Minister since Stephen's demise, so it was apt that the portfolio went to a senior minister, as Poon also took over the Sabah DAP chief position previously held by Wong.

He said the decision was made after discussions with the state DAP leadership.

On another matter, on whether the state government would be paying Hari Raya bonus following the federal government's announcement, Mohd Shafie said the matter had yet to be decided.


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