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New cabinet lineup sworn in
Posted on : 16 May 2016  Source of News: The Borneo Post

KUCHING: It was no surprise when Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem revealed Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas as one of three deputy chief ministers during the announcement of the new cabinet lineup today (May 13).

The other two deputy chief ministers are Tan Sri Dr James Masing and Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg.

Adenan and Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh remained the Minister of Finance and Second Minister of Finance, respectively.

Adenan is also the Minister of Resource Planning and Environment, while Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan is the Second Minister of the same ministry.

The ministers were unveiled after the swearing in of all 10 of them at State Legislative Assembly Complex here.

He went on to announce that Uggah is the Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture and Rural Economy.

Masing will hold the post of Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation and Abang Johari is the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture and Minister of Housing and Urbanisation.

Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong is Minister of Youth, Sports and Solidarity.

New cabinet members Senator Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian will be the Minister of Local Government and Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi Utom – Minister of Public Utilities.

Awang Tengah is also Minister of Industrial and Entrepreneur Development, Trade and Investment while Datuk Fatimah Abdullah carries on her portfolio with the ministry’s name changed to Welfare, Women and Community Wellbeing.

Adenan described his new cabinet as a strong one with ministers capable of working for the people.

He said his administration would focus on fulfilling promises made to Sarawakians, besides continuing with its efforts to further develop Sarawak including rural transformation.

To a question, Adenan said the state government would not forget to fight for oil and gas royalties from five to 20 per cent as soon as the global oil prices went up.

Asked whether he had failed to keep his promise of appointing a Chinese deputy chief minister, he said he never made such a pledge.