Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg today welcomed Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s move to appoint eight MPs from GPS to his Cabinet line-up, including Santubong MP Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar as minister in charge of Parliament and law.
Speaking during a visit to Kuching today, he also expressed support for appointment of two Sarawak MPs from Bersatu as deputy ministers, saying the line-up would strengthen Ismail’s administration.
“Four of our GPS MPs are full ministers and four are deputy ministers. With the two MPs from Bersatu (Willie Mongin and Ali Biju), we have 10 ministers from Sarawak in the Cabinet,” he said.
He said he hoped the ministers would focus on solving the Covid-19 crisis.
“Hopefully with the stability of a new federal government, we can solve the country’s problems including restoring the economy,” he said.
“I believe with his approach of the Malaysian Family, we can share the responsibility to work together with our prime minister.”
Wan Junaidi was previously entrepreneur development and cooperatives minister in Muhyiddin Yassin’s administration.
Petra Jaya MP Fadillah Yusof meanwhile was retained as works minister while Kapit MP Alexander Nanta Linggi and Batang Sadong MP Nancy Shukri retained their portfolios of domestic trade and consumer affairs and tourism, arts and culture.
Mukah MP Hanifah Taib was reappointed as deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Sabah and Sarawak affairs while Lawas MP Henry Sum Agong maintained his position as deputy transport minister.
Mongin and Ali meanwhile were reappointed as deputy plantation industries and commodities minister and deputy energy and natural resources minister.
Kanowit MP Aaron Ago Dagang was appointed as a deputy health minister while Limbang MP Hasbi Habibollah retained his position as deputy rural development minister.