S’wak DAP slams Abang Jo for helming so many ministries
State party chief calls out ‘unprecedently unhealthy’ concentration of power in chief minister’s hands
(The Vibes) – Sarawak DAP has expressed concern that Chief Minister Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg has appointed himself to helm a large number of key ministries all at once.
State party chairman Chong Chien Jen claimed that this is unprecedented in the history of Sarawak.
Even Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud did not given himself so many ministries to lead when he was previously chief minister for about three decades, Chong said.
He said that Sarawak is seeing this development following the new state cabinet line-up drawn up by Johari after his Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) coalition maintained its hold on the state in polls last month.
In a statement, he noted that Johari has made himself the state finance minister as well as minister for other portfolios like New Economy, Natural Resources, Urban Development, Energy and Environmental Sustainability.
He said that each of these ministries will receive billions of ringgit in allocations for projects from the state’s coffers.