Baru Bian: ‘I want to believe’ Pakatan will appoint Sarawakians, Sabahans in Cabinet line-up

Sulok Tawie
Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian (centre) speaks during a press conference after chairing the state PKR liaison committee meeting in Kuching May 19, 2018. — Picture by Sulok Tawie

KUCHING, May 19 — Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian said he respects the appointments of federal ministers announced by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, although none of them are from Sarawak and Sabah, so far.

He said he does not want to dispute that the prime minister has the prerogative to appoint among members of parliament from Pakatan Harapan (PH) to be in the federal cabinet line-up.

“My position is that there will be some more appointments to be made, and I want to believe that the PH leadership will consider Sarawak and Sabah in the line-up in the next batch of appointments,” Baru told reporters after chairing the state PKR liaison committee meeting today.

He said it is important to include the appointments from the two Borneo states because the PH election manifesto gave emphasis on adhering to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 on giving equal partnership among Sarawak, Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia.

Asked if the state PKR had submitted names for appointments in the federal cabinet, Baru, who is also the newly elected Selangau member of parliament, said it has not, but leave it to the PH central leadership to decide.

“I think they are wise enough to make the decision,” he said.

Meanwhile state Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) chairman Fidzuan Zaidi said that either Baru or Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen should be appointed as Works Minister to ensure that the RM16 billion Pan Borneo Highway is completed on schedule by the year 2021.

“It is also to ensure that more infrastructure projects are built in the state,” he said, adding that the state is lagging behind Peninsular Malaysia in terms of infrastructure development, like roads.

He believed that full ministers from Sarawak will be appointed in the next round of ministerial appointments.

“But I also believe that the appointments of ministers must be based on meritocracy and backgrounds,” Fidzuan said.