In a step closer towards a two-coalition system in Sarawak, Sarawak Pakatan has come up with a 16-member shadow cabinet for the state.
In 2009, the Pakatan announced a shadow cabinet of sorts at the national level. See Teresa Kok’s blog. I am not sure if it is still functioning or whether folks like Zahrain and Zulkifli Nordin have been replaced!
But the proposal for a shadow cabinet in Sarawak is a positive development for the opposition alliance.
State Opposition Leader – Wong Ho Leng (DAP)
Natural Resources, Good Governance – Wong Ho Leng (DAP)
Land Development, NCR Affairs – Baru Bian (PKR)
Finance – Chong Chien Jen – (DAP)
Local Government – Ling Sie Kiong (DAP)
Tourism, Heritage, Environment – See Chee How (PKR)
Rural Development – Chew Chiu Sing (DAP)
Industrial Development – Yap Hoi Liong (DAP)
Public Health – Dr Wong Hua Seh (DAP)
Social Development, Women’s Affairs – Violet Yong Wui (DAP)
Public Utilities – Wong King Wei (DAP)
Infrastructure Development, Communication – Chew Wang See (DAP)
Agriculture – Ting Tze Fui (DAP)
Housing, Urban Development – Fong Pau Teck (DAP)
Consumer Affairs – David Wong Kee Woan (DAP)
Religious Affairs, National Unity – Ali Biju (PKR)/Adam Ahid (PAS)
This is a reaction from commenter Philip Khoo:
OK, so each person is likely supposed to assemble a team of people to help with the area in question. But some of these allocations are a little puzzling. Ting on agriculture, when the fundamental issue in Sarawak is smallholder agriculture and the way it has been sidelined, marginalised, put down. That requires someone with great familiarity with rural and interior Sarawak.
And Chew on rural development? Chew’s seat sits astride SCORE, and he would appear to be the natural choice for industrial development and environment — for SCORE threatens to bring in dirty industries (one may be tolerable, but three aluminium smelters, all pouring out fluorides into the atmosphere and effluents into the sea).
And Ali Biju on religious affairs and national unity? There he is in Krian, site of one of the earliest Salcra developments. Come on!