Abg Jo: No Cabinet reshuffle for now

Abang Johari speaking to reporters.

By Nigel Edgar

KUCHING, July 12: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg will restructure the existing Cabinet if there is a need to get the right person with new knowledge.

He said there is no requirement to reshuffle the state Cabinet for now, as the existing members are capable and “working well”.

“We will see. Sometimes, when there is a new technology, you get the right person who knows the technology,” he said when asked if the exclusion of Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) from the list of councillors would affect the state Cabinet.

Assistant Transport Minister Datuk Dr Jerip Susil resigned from PSB yesterday, leaving the party with its president, Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, the remaining member in the state Cabinet as Second Finance Minister.

Abang Johari confirmed that the list of new councillors has no PSB members, although he declined to comment further.

PSB, formerly United People’s Party (UPP), declared itself friendly to Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS)-led state government.

When asked if Dr Jerip would be invited to join any GPS component party, in particular Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), the chief minister said he has yet to get the grasp of things, claiming he only knew of Dr Jerip’s resignation from the news in social media.

“One at a time. Only yesterday afternoon I knew about the resignation. Even then, its from social media. We will see how it goes,” he said.

Earlier, Abang Johari officiated at the Pesta Minda dan STEM 2019 at Chung Hua Middle School No 1, here.

Meanwhile, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, said he had presented his list of councillors during the Cabinet meeting yesterday, which will be endorsed by Head of State Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud.

“That is why we cannot reveal the name in the list yet, like what CM (Abang Johari) said, it is just confined to four GPS member parties,” he added. — DayakDaily