BINTULU: Minister of Food Industry, Commodities and Regional Development Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom hopes to work closely with his newly appointed federal counterpart Mohamad Sabu to boost Sarawak’s potential as a regional food hub.
He also hopes to have good cooperation and understanding with other newly appointed federal ministers.
“With the high commitment of the state and federal governments, it is hoped the rights of Sarawak as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) Report are realised as well,” he said in a statement today.
Better known as Mat Sabu, Mohamad who is the president of Parti Amanah Negara holds the portfolio of Minister of Agriculture and Food Security in the 28-member federal Cabinet.
Dr Rundi who is also the senior vice president of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) said, he is grateful that the unity government under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim recognised and appreciated the strength of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
With a stronger voice of the GPS representatives in the new Cabinet, things related to Sarawak could go smoothly as planned, he said.
In addition to holding one of the two positions of Deputy Prime Minister through Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, who is also the Minister of Plantation and Commodities, Sarawak has four other ministers at the federal level.
The other four individuals are Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi (Public Works), Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (Tourism), Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri (Women, Family and Community Development) and Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang (National Unity).