Among Five New Faces, Lajim And Kurup Dropped
Saturday, 27 March
2004 (Source: Bernama)
KINABALU: Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa
Aman Saturday unveiled the state cabinet line-up which he
dubbed as "the working cabinet" that saw former
Chief Minister Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan making a comeback
after 10 years.
Pairin, 64, who
is Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) President, was appointed Deputy
Chief Minister representing the Kadazandusun community.
The Tambunan Assemblyman also holds the rural development
that he had in the line-up a strong team with vast experience
and able to push forward the state's agenda for development.
that under this cabinet, Sabah will progress to fulfil the
huge mandate the people gave the Barisan Nasional (BN) in
the election," he told a news conference after the
swearing-in of the cabinet and assistant ministers.
Chief Minister Datuk Chong Kah Kiat who held the post from
March 2001 under the state's rotation system, was retained
in the cabinet and made a Deputy Chief Minister.
Chong, 55, who
is Tanjong Kapor assemblyman and Liberal Democratic Party
(LDP) President is Deputy Chief Minister representing the
He also retained
his Tourism, Culture and Environment portfolio he held in
the last cabinet.
Asked about the
fact that he had two former chief ministers in his cabinet,
Musa said: "I am very lucky to have them... they have
vast experience and certainly will help in the development
of the state".
Two members of
the previous cabinet were dropped -- Datuk Lajim Ukin who
was Deputy Chief Minister and Minister in the Chief Minister's
Department and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) President
Tan Sri Joseph Kurup who was Youth and Sports Minister.
Musa said that
the two had agreed to assume other responsibilities.
Lajim is appointed
Inspector of Projects while Kurup is Chairman of the Sabah
Land Development Corporation (SLDC).