MIRI: Many feel that it is high time Sarawak be given better representation in the Federal Cabinet by appointing more ministers and deputy ministers from the Land of the Hornbills.
Political observer Wan Zain Syed Mohdzar said the quota for the said portfolios should be increased by giving priority to the state that has become a Barisan Nasional (BN) stronghold.
“Sarawak has contributed a lot to the formation of the government through the last General Election (GE) and should be given priority in the cabinet line-up compared to other states,” he told The Borneo Post yesterday.
He echoed the view of Land Development Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing that the state’s position in the Malaysian federation should be reviewed.
Wan Zain said based on the outcome of the last general election, Sarawak once again maintained its position as BN’s stronghold and its ‘fixed deposit’, which helped the coalition to form the government again.
He suggested that cabinet reshuffle consider the needs of other states as well.
“We hope the portfolio in the cabinet line-up can be based on rotation so that the positions are not given back to the same individuals, but similar opportunities will be given to new faces,” he said.
On a related matter, he hoped MPs from Sarawak holding positions in the cabinet will go to the field regularly to identify the infrastructure needs of the state.
“They should be reminded not to only chase after positions, but deliver their duty with full commitment as promised to the people in their respective constituencies,” he said. - theborneopost