Mohd Shafie Apdal, the Sabah UMNO Supreme Council member reiterated his call for more Sabah Members of Parliament (MPs) to be appointed Federal Ministers in recognition of the excellent performance of the Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) in the recent general election.
Shafie request is only fair since Najib used to refer Sabah and Sarawak as "fixed-deposit" states whereby the Barisan Nasional is guarantee of massive win in the parliamentary election.
As the bastion of Barisan Nasional, both Sabah and Sarawak should be allocated with more seats in the Cabinet so that representatives from the East Malaysian states can have more says in the ruling of the country.
* East Malaysian taken for a ride and deprive of rewards
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Extracted from: dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=56916 (Apr 15, 2008)
Names for 3 Deputy Minister posts soon
PM Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is to seek the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, this week on the candidates to fill three posts of Deputy Minister.
"The proposed names will be presented to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong this week for His Majesty's consent," he said.
However, Abdullah did not reveal the names of the candidates.
The three posts of Deputy Minister are for the Transport, Foreign, and Natural Resources and Environment portfolios.
Kimanis Member of Parliament (MP) Datuk Anifah Aman and Jerantut MP Datuk Seri Tengku Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar did not take up the posts of Deputy Transport Minister and Deputy Foreign Minister, respectively, on March 18 when Abdullah announced his Cabinet line-up.
Kalabakan MP Datuk Ghapur Salleh resigned as Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment on March 27, nine days after taking up the appointment.- Bernama
Extracted from: dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=56917 (Apr 15, 2008)
Shafie calls for more Ministers
Kuala Lumpur: Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Mohd Shafie Apdal on Monday reiterated his call for more Sabah Members of Parliament (MPs) to be appointed Federal Ministers in recognition of the excellent performance of the Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) in the recent general election.
Shafie, who is the Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister, said Sabah's huge geographical size and its multiracial and multi-ethnic population were important bases for the Sabah BN's demand.
Sabah BN won 24 of the 25 Parliamentary seats and 57 of the 60 State seats at stake in the State in the general election, held on March 8.
Asked how many additional ministerial posts the Sabah BN was hoping for, Shafie said the matter had been discussed with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and that it would be left to Abdullah to decide.
He spoke at a news conference held at his Ministry on the 15th Regatta Lepa, the annual water festival of the Sea Bajau community of Semporna in Sabah.- Bernama