Friday, July 1, 2022

Cabinet reshuffle: What is that to us in Sarawak?

Secara Rawak

The Malaysian cabinets loves to play musical chair. And the recent shuffling of seats had been the third during the tenure of the current prime minister Najib Razak.

So Najib likes to shift the seats around and rearrange the attendees at his cabinet meetings. What is that to us in Sarawak?

What really upsets the masses is that no full minister post was given to a Sarawakian, and it seems justified that Najib should give Sarawak a full federal minister post because of the resignation of Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas; who contested in the May Sarawak General Election and now holds the post of deputy chief minister.

The anger seems to also stem from the fact that Sarawak has kept BN alive and well in government. So rewards should have been given out, on top of Najib’s election promises amounting of RM20 billion.

But what else do you expect from Najib?

Nowhere was there a promise that a federal post would be given to Sarawak if BN Sarawak kept their winning streak. Nowhere was there an agreement that Sarawak would be rewarded for such blind loyalty to the coalition headed by Najib.

There is nothing to demand or requested for.

“I was made to understand that, this time around, the prime minister wants to reduce the number of ministers, and the restructuring of the Cabinet was made to enable Selangor to have a representative in the Cabinet,” Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg told reporters when asked this sticky question.

A PMs Private Secretary from SarawakDownsizing the number of cabinet ministers is always good. Malaysia has a bloated cabinet and it is in serious need of downsizing.

But one can start believing that something is seriously wrong with the government when the restructuring is caused by those leaving or quitting the cabinet itself.

And we have no need to talk about the quality of the cabinet composition or the calibre of ministers sitting in the cabinet.

So Sarawak should expect little from Najib. First and foremost, aside from demanding a cabinet seat, our politicians should demand the promises made by Najib for the people of Sarawak.

The promised allocation for schools, hospitals, houses of worship, bridges and even new uniforms for RELA; all this should be claimed.

If these promises can’t be met by the federal government, so why bother asking for a cabinet minister seat?

What else do you expect from Najib?

Expect nothing, so you would not be disappointed. Because disappointment is all Sarawak can expect until and unless the basic promises of development and welfare is me.

But we can guess that shifting chairs around is way easier than fulfilling promises made. –

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