SIBU: Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg has announced the appointment of three deputy chief ministers (DCMs) following Gabungan Parti Sarawak’s landslide victory in the 12th state election.
They are Batu Kawah assemblyman Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, Bukit Saban assemblyman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Bukit Sari assemblyman Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.
Abang Johari unveiled the new Cabinet comprising 10 ministers and 26 assistant ministers in Kuching on Thursday (Dec 30).
He said that the foundation of this new Cabinet line-up is based on the Post Covid-19 Development Strategy 2030 that will develop Sarawak into a high-income economy by the year 2030.
"It is my conviction that the new Cabinet line-up is a functional Cabinet, equipped with competent, people driven, transparent and with integrity, focused on delivering effective services, while maintaining a solid structure system," he said.
Johari said the team will also strengthen Sarawak’s constitutional status as a regional partner in the Federation of Malaysia, in accordance with the amendment of Article 1(2) and Article 160(2) of the Federal Constitution with reference to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and its annexures.
With MA63, the basic reference of the rights of the Borneo states of Sarawak and Sabah is entrenched in the Federal Constitution.
"This new Cabinet line-up is committed to implementing all the 34 points pledged in PRN12 Manifesto for the next five years with an emphasis on the socio-economic development and wellbeing of our people," he said.
He added that the performance of the Cabinet members will be evaluated by the first quarter of 2022.
In the Dec 18 state election, GPS won 76 out of the total 82 seats.
The seats were contributed by Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu Sarawak (PBB) with 47 seats, followed by SUPP (13), PRS (11) and PDP (five).
Abang Johari was sworn in as the seventh Chief Minister on Dec 18 after GPS was given the mandate in the election to form the new state government.
Others in the Cabinet are:
Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Minister: Datuk John Sikie Tayai, Assistant Minister: Datuk Hjh Sharifah Hasidah Syeed Aman Ghazali (Law, MA63 and State-Federal Relations); Datuk Gerawat Gala, (Labour, Immigration and Project Monitoring); Datuk Abdullah Hj Saidol, (Corporate Affairs, Information and UKAS); Datuk Juanda Jaya, and (Integrity and Ombudsman); Encik Jefferson Jamit Unyat (Native Law and Customs)
Finance and New Economy Minister: Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Abang Haji Openg, Second Minister: Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Anak Embas
Natural Resources and Urban Development Minister: Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Abang Haji Openg, Second Minister: Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, and Assistant Minister: Datuk Haji Len Talif Salleh
Energy and Environmental Sustainability Minister: Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Abang Haji Openg, and Assistant Minister: Dr Hazland Abang Hipni
Infrastructure and Port Development Minister: Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Assistant Minister I: Ir. Aidel Lariwoo and Assistant Minister II: Datuk Majang Renggi.
International Trade and Investment Minister: Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, and Assistant Minister: Datuk Dr. Malcom Mussen Lamoh.
Public Health, Housing and Local Government Minister: Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, Assistant Minister I: Datuk Dr Penguang Manggil and Assistant Minister II: Michael Tiang Ming Tee.
Modernisation of Agriculture and Regional Development Minister: Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom; Assistant Minister I: Datuk Dr Hj Abdul Rahman Ismail and Assistant Minister II: Encik Martin Ben.
Transport Minister: Datuk Seri Lee Kim Shin, Assistant Minister I: Datuk Dr Jerip Susil and Assistant Minister II: Datuk Henry Harry Jinep.
Utility and Telecommunication Minister: Datuk Julaihi Narawi, Assistant Minister I: Datuk Liwan Lagang and Assistant Minister II: Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi.
Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Minister: Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Assistant Minister I: Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew and Assistant Minister II: Datuk Snowdan Lawan
Youth, Sport and Entrepreneur Development Minister: Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Assistant Minister I: Datuk Gerald Rentap Jabu and Assistant Minister II: Dr Ripin Lamat
Women, Childhood and Community Wellbeing Development Minister: Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah; Assistant Minister I: Datuk Rosey Yunus and Assistant Minister II: Mohamad Razi Sitam
Education, Innovation and Talent Development Minister: Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn; Assistant Minister I: Dr Annuar Rapa’ee and Assistant Minister II: Datuk Francis Harden Hollis