Sarawak Cabinet Reshuffle,’New and Experienced Players..”

Let us not get ahead of ourselves. In actual fact the rumour mill and speculations have surfaced in Putrajaya (K.L) and not Petrajaya ( Sarawak)

The write up below from an internet portal amongst many others which has appeared in mainstream media has indeed created more than ripples at the corridors of power in The Federal Capital.

We extract and re post and Hopefully we will not be subjected as to what has happened to ‘Local YB” whose posting on FACE BOOK created an uproar and went viral in the social media world and was subsequently charged by the House with a fine of M$2000.  

There had been speculation of a cabinet reshuffle for weeks, following public criticism of the way several ministers, most of whom are in the government for the first time, are carrying out their duties.

Dr Mahathir himself had said he would give some new ministers a score of only 40% to 50%.

The Prime Minister has every right within his parliamentarian jurisdiction to juggle or reshuffle his cabinet  as we know it is “HIS PREROGATIVE“.

Mahathirs own words,”“There will always be defects. No matter who we choose, there are bound to be people who will express dissatisfaction. So we will try. If the performance is unsatisfactory, we will drop and choose someone else”.

The Pakatan Harapan Government no doubt is only 6 months old but the Rakyat will not want to listen to lame excuses and the blame game especially so after the promises dished out during the campaign period during GE14.

The PM needs to ensure he stays on track in his 2nd time back as Prime Minister. Voices are already been heard loud and clear and nothing escapes the public eye especially so in this globalised digital age and border less world.

Over here in Sarawak, it does seem that the cabinet reshuffle has gained traction and there are even suggestions that the Chief Minister of Sarawak after a successful DUN sitting from November 5th to 14th November should take advantage of the FEEL GOOD FACTOR by adding some new plus capable players and also some experienced ones who are able still to contribute greatly.

One of our very first article on this subject matter we wrote way back 10 years ago in 2008 and another one in 2011

Some of the assemblyman who served during that period have since been elevated to Assistant Ministers and Full Minister and also CM in the late Tok Nan.

The present crop of assemblyman are all very capable players who can “score” a goal against the opposition and not scoring own goals says a former PBB youth exco member. He does have no qualms in saying that the “Present Youth chief of PBB deserves to be considered for a cabinet position as he knows how to score as a striker.

Don’t forget that the former PBB Youth Chief was a Federal Deputy Minister and later became Full Minister.

The Football analogy is easier to explain he said, As Team Manager Abang Jo knows his present squad of players have performed admirably and have won many games against the opposition but in this trying and competitive times new players needs to be signed up to energise the team.

Putting on the team colours,socks and signature boots the new players will not have trouble blending in and they will definitely score with the help and assistance from the others.

Abang Jo is indeed lucky too as his BENCH is full of Experience Internationals and ball winners who not only know how to defend but also score the crucial ‘winning goal”. There must be a BALANCE in the new blend of young capable players plus experience who will make up a solid attacking team and solid defence.

Abang Jo knows that Youth Empowerment (attack) and rural development( defence) will ensure that his tenure as the Team Manager will be steadfastly secured.

The Football League  is ongoing  but it is going be very interesting and tough with the other teams fast catching up with new owners,new systems and new coaches.

rentapWhen Rentap Jabu the PBB Youth Chief and Layar Assemblyman in the August House spoke on “Youth Development Fund” it captivated many young entrepreneurs. He said this financing facility would help youths to get start up funds in the form of micro credit and micro financing.

Rentap scored a very good goal in saying this,’There are many youths who would want to venture into business and entrepreneurship but they are faced with obstacles in getting capital especially among those fresh graduates.

“With this Fund, they not only get financial assistance but also guidance on business plan and model, and having their performance monitored. This Fund also provides opportunities for them to develop into digital-era entrepreneurs,

Abang jo’s Rural Transportation Programme (RTP) is a big plus and struck the right chord with many Sarawakians.

A Senior and experienced leader in PBB said GPS Has made the call and the assemblyman in the rural areas must deliver or else they will be shipped out.

The development biased and rural focus budget 2019 shows that CM and his team are truly committed to narrow the development gap between the urban and rural areas.. 

It also means placing a greater priority on rural development by providing key infrastructures such as major road connections, clean and safe water supply, electricity and other basic amenities for the rural areas.

“This will create a conducive environment to attract private investors to venture into viable economic activities like plantation, aquaculture, large-scale food production and processing and other resource-based value-added industries.

“This could bring in more capital to develop the economic potentials of the rural areas, creating cluster of related business that generates employment opportunities for the rural people.

The Feel good factor is there and it will only be a matter of time that the CM will capitalise on adding on to his team to make it more solid.

It is after all his PREROGATIVE and Abang Jo as Team Manager knows clearly looking at his bench he has youth and experience players waiting to be called up as STRIKERS to score the goals.

The players on the bench are all ready when the team manager signals. 

Abang Jo’s,”Bold Budget 2019 Further Transforms Sarawak”

True to his words and CM Abang Jo delivered Sarawak’s Budget 2019 which by far to date is the boldest. The figures below are broken down to substantiate where the development funds and expenditures would go to.


Even Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak Chairman and Kota Sentosa assemblyman said he supported the Budget, so long it is legally and constitutionally right.  He even went on to say “But of course it is evident that it proved the saying that a little competition is always good,especially in politics. Then the “Rakyat” will benefit.

It’s rather unusual for an Opposition leader to come out with a statement in support. According to a political analyst it does seem that the Opposition leader Chong Chieng Jen must have finally come to terms with CM Sarawak’s People Centric Development Programme.

Is he really saying this to get on the good side of the people?

CM Abang Jo at his boldest is carrying a message to the people that it is within the hallmarks and framework that GPS Ruling Government will carry out its mandate and deliver its election manifesto of 2016.

The 2019 budget will ensure that for the year the peoples aspirations will be met and the GPS Government will honour what has been promised in this budget.

The people will be the judge and the jury and GPS ruling government will not want to ‘harp on empty promises” as Sarawak was clearly short changed in the Federal Budget of 2019. The repercussions will be serious and  peoples perceptions towards “the failed system of governance” will be shown in the ballot boxes.

The people will want development which will spur not only economic benefit for Sarawak but also for themselves. The ruling GPS government has not left anything to chance and the Budget 2019 is an Indication that the People’s Aspirations will be fulfilled.

Our sources on the ground covered  a number of Sarawakians and one of them did make a witty reply on the question on :-Why only now and not during BN are we using our own money that is our reserves? 

Simple logic and the answer:- Why should we use our own when we are given and we keep ours in the bank to generate interest and use it only when the time is right. The time is now and CM Abang Jo is decisive and his team is making the right call. The Timing is Perfect and it will galvanise all Sarawakians.

CM even came out with a great master plan for Sarawak in getting more revenue for the State to ensure the development plans for Sarawak will proceed as planned.

The opposition front (Sarawak PH) had anticipated that the Federal Budget announced would be very much in their favour but unfortunately it felt short of that. 

Even the perimeter survey fund vanished into thin air and both DCM Sarawak had their say on this Matter.

  • DCM Uggah ‘Nothing on land, which is very disappointing for the natives. Our farmers are very disappointed.
  • DCM Masing,”being the Champion of NCR land,Baru did not work hard to persuade the PH Government to allocate Federal funding for perimeter survey. 

Abang jo being the Chief Minister and Chief Financial Administrator of the State does not want the people to miss out to be a high income State by the year 2030.

Much needed to be done and CM Abang Jo knows that the GPS Government needs to be very resilient and focused on their plan of action.

Abang Jo has devised his action and he is decisive and he must been given sound advice from his generals and lieutenants.”Executing a strategy without engaged people is impossible, and brilliant strategies without execution are meaningless.”

aaaamawanOur media team persevered and managed to contact ‘media savvy” Senior PBB member and current Pakan assemblyman William Mawan and he was not short of praises for CM Abang Jo.

He said,”At the time of Confusion with regards to project implementation after which the Federal Government shortchanged Sarawak in the Federal budget 2019  CM Abang Jo is very decisive to LEAPFROG  Sarawak to be much more developed and more modern.

We shall be Transformed especially in the Rural Areas where most of the the Funds are Geared up and allocated to propel  the areas to be develop for the benefit of the people. Roads,Bridges,Electricity, Water are primary objectives plus also schools are also given top priority.

CM Sarawak in his closing remark,” the destiny of Sarawak can only be determined  by Sarawakians and we can move forward with this unity of Sarawakian is very fitting and decisive says Mawan of his President of PBB who is also CM Sarawak.

Mawan continued,” The People will feel Inspired,Strengthened and will be Full of Expectations and he couldn’t agree more with CM Abang Jo that the 2019 Budget would further Transform Sarawak.

 In this very short space of time since taking over as Chief Minister Abang Johari has indeed been working his plan in a way he knows best and have put forward to Sarawak a clear and precise way to develop the country.

His “people-centric”projects and his words of Inspiration especially on Unity of Sarawak will be a testament of his Forward Looking Leadership.

The People will know that he Walks his Talk.