By Peter Sibon
KUCHING: Feb 16: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has dismissed speculations that a snap election and cabinet reshuffle were imminent.
He said Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB)’s Supreme Council did not even touch on these issues during its closed-door meeting today.
“No, no, no (snap election) kita cakap biasa aja (we just discussed ordinary issues),” he told a news conference after chairing PBB’s supreme council meeting at party headquarters here.
In the last state election in 2016, the then Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) won 72 out of the 82 seats. They lost 10 seats, namely Pending, Padungan, Batu Lintang, Kota Sentosa, Bukit Assek, Pelawan, Krian, Tanjong Batu, Pujut and Ba’Kelalan.
PBB won all its seats. The party now has 46 seats, while PRS has 11, SUPP (seven), PDP (three) and GPS-friendly Parti Sarawak Bersatu (five).
On the rumoured state cabinet reshuffle, Abang Johari said he only heard rumours that Pakatan Harapan would reshuffle the federal cabinet.
“I have heard that a new deputy prime minister will be appointed that side, but over here, not that I know of,” he said.
Speculations have been rife that there will be cabinet reshuffles in both Sarawak and Putrajaya. — DayakDaily