KUCHING: The appointment of Sarawak MPs to the federal Cabinet by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob is a reflection of Putrajaya’s confidence in the leadership supplied by the state.
In pointing this out, Tupong assemblyman Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman said he was pleased that the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) had retained its number of minister and deputy minister posts.
“I am confident that the newly refreshed Cabinet which comprises familiar faces and new faces will be able to hit the ground running to steer the nation towards recovery,” he said in a statement on Friday (Aug 27).
He added the reappointment of GPS parliamentary chief whip and Petra Jaya MP, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof as Senior Minister of Works would ensure continuity in development projects being undertaken in Sarawak.
“This is in terms of implementing the Pan Borneo Highway which will complement the other stretches of roads that are being built in the state including the Coastal Road Network and the Second Trunk Road,” he said.
At the same time, the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy youth chief also applauded the appointment of Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin as Health Minister.
“Khairy has been one of the top performers in the last Cabinet as the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister along with the coordinating Minister for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP),” he said.
Meanwhile, the Tupong assemblyman expressed hope that the new Cabinet could perform and deliver for the sake of the nation.
“I also hope that the line-up will get the required support from all parties and the general public as we need to focus on the nation and not politics,” he said.
Earlier on Friday, Ismail in a press conference unveiled his Cabinet line-up which made key changes to crucial positions and retained most of its members.
In the new Cabinet, GPS was allocated eight positions – four minister and four deputy minister posts.
Besides GPS, two Sarawakian representatives from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) were also appointed as deputy ministers.