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Sarawak CM announces cabinet reshuffle

Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Tun Openg today announced a new cabinet reshuffle.

He said the cabinet reshuffle was made after Wong Soon Koh resigned as international trade and e-commerce minister recently.

The new cabinet line-up that was announced and came into effect today saw Deputy Chief Minister Douglas Uggah Embas being appointed as second finance minister replacing Soon Koh.

Subsequently, James Masing was appointed as the development of infrastructure and ports minister, while Awang Tengah Ali Hasan was appointed as international trade and industry, industrial terminal and entrepreneur development minister.

Meanwhile, the transport minister - a new portfolio in the cabinet - is Lee Kim Shin.

Lee, who was previously the deputy tourism, arts and culture, was succeeded by state assemblyperson for Piasau, Sebastian Ting.

The Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Ministry has now been broken into two, namely the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry and the Youth and Sports Ministry.

The minister for both portfolios, namely Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, has been retained.

Meanwhile, Jaul Samion is the new state secretary succeeding Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani.

The assistant minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Sarawak Corporate Affairs and Public Communications Unit) is Abdullah Saidol, while the portfolios for other ministers and assistant ministers have been retained.

Abang Johari said the new state cabinet reshuffle announced today was in line with the objectives of Sarawak which intended to be a developed state by 2030.

“As such, in the efforts to achieve the target of becoming a developed state, the Sarawak government gave emphasis on five major sectors, namely raising domestic exports and imports, boosting the oil and gas industry, modernising the agricultural sector, revamping urban areas and improving public transport, and finally, developing the tourism sector,” he said at a media conference at Wisma Bapa Malaysia, Kuching, today.

Chief minister 

Abang Johari Abang Openg

Deputy chief ministers

Douglas Unggah Embas

James Jemut Masing

Awang Tengah Ali Hasan

Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office

Talip Zulpilip (Integrity & Ombudsman)

Assistant ministers in the Chief Minister’s Office

Abdul Rahman Junaidi (Islamic Affairs & DBKU)

John Sikei Tayai (Native Laws & Customs)

Sharifah Hasidah Sayed Aman Ghazali (Law, States-Federal & Project Monitoring)

Abdullah Saidol (Corporate Affairs & UKAS)

Finance and economic planning minister

Abang Johari Abang Openg

Second finance and economic planning minister 

Douglas Uggah Embas

Urban development and natural resources minister

Abang Johari Abang Openg

Second urban development and natural resources minister

Awang Tengah Ali Hasan

Assistant urban development and natural resources minister

Len Talif Salleh

Agriculture, native customary lands, and regional development minister

Douglas Unggah Embas

Assistant agriculture, native customary lands, and regional development ministers

Roland Sagah Wee Inn

Abdul Rahman Ismail

Infrastructure and ports development minister

James Jemut Masing

Assistant Infrastructure and ports development minister

Julaihi Narawi

International trade and industry, industrial terminals and entrepreneurship minister

Awang Tengah Ali Hasan

Assistant international trade and industry, industrial terminals and entrepreneurship ministers

Mohd Naroden Majais

Malcom Mussem Lamoh

Education, science and technology research minister

Michael Manyin Jawong

Assistant education, science and technology research minister

Annuar Rapaee

Welfare and community wellbeing, women, family and children’s development minister

Fatimah Abdullah

Assistant welfare and community wellbeing, women, family and children’s development ministers

Francis Hardin Hollis

Rosey Yunus

Utilities minister

Stephen Rundi Anak Utom

Assistant utilities ministers

Liwan Anak Dagang (Utility)

Abdul Rahman Junaidi (Water Supply)

Housing and local government minister

Sim Kui Hian

Assistant housing and local government minister

Penguang Anak Manggil

Anuar Rapaee

Tourism, arts and culture minister

Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

Assistant tourism, arts and culture minister

Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew

Youth and Sports Minister

Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

Assistant youth and sports minister

Snowdan Lawan

Transport minister

Lee Kim Shin

Assistant transport minister

Jerip Anak Susil

- Bernama

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