Sarawak Pakatan’s shadow cabinet proposal

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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.

The proposal:

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!

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Soo Kok Leng

Is UMNO and MCA saying that only a Malay can represent the Malays and only a Chinese can represent the Chinese? If that is what they are thinking then it is more reason to evict them out of Putrajaya. Malaysians, regardless of race, should and can be represented by anybody regardless of race. MCA presence in BN has not meant a thing to the Chinese other than those connected. Malaysia must move beyond race. Najib is a confused man and he is his own antagonist to his 1Malaysia slogan. I think it is high time for everyone to recognize that… Read more »

Gerakan K

Malaysia must move beyond race ??? Then Malaysia should move to religion as advocated by Pas ???

Andrew I

And MCA.

Yang

Guraken K, For once a good comment but can your 1 Malaysia PM and deputy PM do that. Muyiddin say he is 1 Malay first and 1 Malaysian second.

So you have finally revealed that 1Malaysia is a bluff…..

prfan

Good move, at least all the elected opposition YBs will be entrusted with individual job responsibilities to look after the rakyat woes.

They must also have twice monthly meetings to make their report to trash-out and resolve rakyat problems as well as brain-storming sessions to find ways and means to improve their election pledges.

Let us see.

Charlie Oscar

Anil,
LOL…sorry, just could not stop laughing!!!
At first glance, it seems like a CHINESE shadow cabinet!!!
Sarawak is a Multi-Ethnic State!!!
Almost Alll are CHINESE Shadow “Ministers”!!!
Another Wayang Kulit Show by the Opposition again???
Very Entertaining…ha…ha…ha….!!!

Ramsay

Gerakan K

Any basis on this Utusan story:
Pemuda Gerakan P. Pinang anggap Wifi satu penipuan

http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/info.asp?y=2011&dt=0502&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Terkini&pg=bt_05.htm

Gerakan K

That is the truth. Test it with your notebook.

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… Read more »

Andrew I

To give people like you some moral lessons, like don’t gamble.

RinggitQ

In the meantime, BN is actively trying to destabilise Pakatan:
1) Umno courting PAS
2) CSL threathening Chinese for voting for DAP
3) Daily dosage of sex videos on mainstream press and media to embarass PKR leadership.

But, our hearts are still with Pakatan. Nice try, BN.

Gerakan K

Why need the Religious Affairs department ???

Ramsay

As an alternative to Jakim, to enforce anti-corruption laws.

Miki

And to apprehend the bomoh of Taib Pek Moh!

wandererAUS

This is a positive development for PR….a taste for the newly elected assemblymen to behave and expect when the time for them to take charge of the Sarawak Administration. Learning to be a responsible govt is not simply plucking it from the air, those selected young talents should recognize the failings of the PBB govt and most importantly, those found engaged in corrupt practices should never be defended but, punished severely…this will ensure the PR govt a second term!

Sean

Sorry off-topic: AJE has an almost fact-free Sabah article:
http://blogs.aljazeera.net/asia/2011/04/29/sabah-children-wind