KOTA KINABALU: Former foreign minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman and former Tenom MP Noorlita Suan were sworn in as senators at the Dewan Negara on Monday (March 20).
In a statement issued here, Anifah, who was foreign minister from 2008-2018, thanked Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for the appointment.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the country and the people in my new capacity as a senator.
"I am committed to upholding the principles of democracy, good governance and the rule of law," said Anifah, the former Kimanis MP who is now president of Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS), which supported Pakatan Harapan in GE15.
Noorita, the Sabah DAP vice chairman who lost the Tenom seat in GE15, said it was an honour to be appointed so she could once again be involved in the parliamentary process.
Noorlita, who was the first native Murut to win a Parliament seat for DAP in 2018, thanked party secretary-general Anthony Loke and other leaders for giving her the trust to serve the people in the upper House.
She said her focus would be on the rights and empowerment of women as well as ensuring the welfare of the elderly, women and children were protected.