KUCHING: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) wants to retain four ministerial posts in the new federal Cabinet, the same as in the previous administration, says Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.
"Most likely, we will retain the previous number. We requested to maintain the number but it's up to the Prime Minister," the Sarawak Premier told reporters after the state assembly adjourned its sitting on Thursday (Dec 1).
However, he said he had not heard anything about Cabinet appointments and did not know when the line-up would be announced.
Abang Johari's comments came amid intense speculation on the new Cabinet's formation.
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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is expected to announce the line-up soon.
Under the previous administration, GPS' four Cabinet members were Senior Minister (Works) Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof; Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar; Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi and Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.
Fadillah, Nanta and Nancy were reelected in the 15th General Election while Wan Junaidi did not contest the polls.