KUCHING: All Cabinet appointments in the new Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government are above board so the opposition should stop finding fault with them.
In pointing this out, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Youth deputy chief Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman said all the appointments were made in accordance with the law.
He set the record straight after DAP Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen claimed that the Cabinet was not only bloated but also placed an unprecedented concentration of power in the hands of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.
“Article 6(3) of the Sarawak State Constitution states that no more than 10 ministers can be appointed from among the members of the State Legislative Assembly.
“With the creation of new ministries to serve the public better, it is only expected that there will be several full ministers who will lead more than one ministry. Among them is the Chief Minister himself,” said Fazzrudin.
He said Chong, who is a lawyer by training, should therefore refer to the State Constitution on this instead of making baseless statements over the issue.
At the same time, under the State Constitution, there was no limit to the number of assistant ministers to be appointed, he pointed out.
Hence with the increased number of ministries, there was also bound to be an increase in the number of assistant ministers.
“I would like to remind the State DAP chairman that the time for politics is over as the state election has concluded.
“It is now time for elected representatives, be it from the government or from the opposition, to get on with their work and fulfil the pledges that they have made to the voters,” he said.
As far as GPS was concerned, he was confident that the new state government led by Abang Johari would fulfil the promises made in its 34-point manifesto during the state election.
“In the last term, the chief minister introduced over 100 initiatives benefiting the people in Sarawak, ensuring the welfare of Sarawakians, developing the state’s economy as well as fighting for the return of state rights.
“At the same time, under his leadership, more emphasis has been put on rural development through the introduction of regional development agencies along with providing basic infrastructure such as electricity, treated water, roads and bridges,” he stressed.
The Tupong assemblyman-elect urged the public to remain united and support the government of the day.