MIRI: The omission of Sarawak MPs for a full minister’s post in the federal cabinet in the federal cabinet reshuffle appears to be a sad disregard for the immense contribution of Sarawak to the federal government.
Miri PKR Youth chief Steve Teo Jia Jun pointed out that Sarawak delivered almost 20 per cent of the seats to Barisan Nasional (BN); thus, playing a crucial role in allowing BN to head the federal government.
“The fact that (Prime Minister) Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has given the post (Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister) left vacant by Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas to a MP from Peninsular Malaysia, seems to indicate that Sarawakians have less or no value in the his (Najib’s) eyes.
“The recent state election is proof that Sarawakians are giving more mandate to BN to head the government, but the prime minister doesn’t seem to appreciate any of it,” he said in a statement yesterday.
For the record, Teluk Intan MP and Gerakan president Datuk Mah Siew Keong is now the appointed Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister.
Commenting further, Teo expressed his concern about Sarawak being forever trapped in this ‘fixed deposit’ treatment and hoped that things would be different in the next parliamentary election.