KOTA KINABALU: Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin has been legally dropped from Sabah State Cabinet with the appointment of a new Cabinet today.
Also dropped are Datuk Jafry Ariffin (BN-Sukau) and Datuk Yakub Khan (BN-Karambunai).
Bung Moktar’s position as Deputy Chief Minister III was replaced by Datuk Shahelmey Yahya who also held the position of Public Works Minister.
Deputy Chief Minister II, Datuk Seri Dr Joachim Gunsalam currently holds the portfolio as Minister of Local Government and Housing.
Meanwhile, Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun was appointed as Minister of Finance which was previously held by the Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.
The three new ministers who are also listed are Api-Api State Assembly Member Datuk Christina Liew, Datuk James Ratib (BN-Sugut) and Phoong Jin Zhe (Luyang).
Christina was appointed as Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment to replace Jafry.
James was appointed Minister of Community Development and People’s Welfare to replace Shahelmey.
Jin Zhe was appointed as Minister of Industrial Development which was previously held by Joachim.
For the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation which was previously held by Yakub is now replaced by Datuk Mohd. Arifin Mohd. Arif
Other portfolios in the Sabah Cabinet retained include the Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor; Deputy Chief Minister I and Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Datuk Seri Jeffrey Kitingan; Rural Development Minister, Datuk Jahid Jahim and Youth and Sports Minister, Datuk Ellron Angin. – MESSENGER
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