'It's okay,' says Sabah STAR's Guandee on being dropped as deputy minister


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah STAR secretary-general Senator Datuk Guandee Kohoi has no problems being dropped as a deputy minister in the new Cabinet.

"It's okay," said Guandee, who was former deputy tourism, arts and culture minister, a post he held for four months following his appointment in April this year by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

"It is best to wait for a day or two, let my party (Sabah STAR) president Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan respond. I don't want to comment at this moment," he added.

However, Guandee, 68, hinted that changes to the line-up announced Friday (Aug 27) morning could still occur ahead of the Cabinet swearing-in on Monday (Aug 30).

"Anything can happen... the swearing-in (for the federal Cabinet) is only on Monday right?" he added, after saying earlier that "sometimes you have to swallow the bitter moments as it is politics”.

Earlier this week, Jeffrey had said that Sabah STAR was seeking for a different ministry for Guandee, who was made a Senator in April to take over the deputy tourism portfolio that was left vacant when Jeffrey quit the federal government to become Deputy Chief Minister in the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah-led state government.

GRS toppled the Warisan Plus government in the snap state election in Sept last year.

Sabah STAR was part of the Perikatan coalition when it came to power with the fall of Pakatan Harapan at the federal level.

Jeffrey, who is Keningau MP, is the only Sabah STAR MP in the Dewan Rakyat.

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