Fatimah hopes for a woman DPM

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KUCHING: It will truly be in the spirit of equal partners and inclusivity if a Sarawakian is appointed to be the country’s deputy prime minister.

Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah stressed that the time was right for the newly formed federal government to have a deputy prime minister from East Malaysia.

She said preferably the deputy premier post be filled by a Sarawakian.

The Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Women chief also hoped that a woman could be nominated as a deputy prime minister.

“If there are two deputy prime ministers, one of them should be a woman. With that, there will be social inclusion and equity,” she told New Sarawak Tribune when contacted today (Aug 20).

She also said that this was equally important to the wealth of perspectives, concerns, experiences which would be brought at the highest level of decision making for the progress of the country and wellbeing of its people.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing had recently proposed that the federal Cabinet create two deputy prime minister posts, with one to be filled by preferably a Sarawakian.

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