Speculation on whether Sarawak will have a Chinese deputy chief minister has been pooh-poohed by analysts.
University of Tasmania’s James Chin said the expectations that newly-minted Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg would make such a move were unrealistic.
“It will be a minor reshuffle. Abang Johari likely to keep the same formula where PBB will get two deputy chief minister posts.
“The Chinese community is being unrealistic when it wants the deputy chief minister post. The fact is the majority of Chinese voters still supported the opposition in last year’s state elections,” Chin told Malaysiakini.
Abang Johari will announce a cabinet reshuffle tomorrow morning and some are speculating whether SUPP president Dr Sim Kui Han would be made a deputy chief minister.
Like Chin, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia-based pundit Faisal Hazis said the chief minister will likely keep the status quo.
“The question of whether Sim will be made deputy chief minister, I don’t think it will happen.
“The late Adenan Satem didn’t actually make the promise to make Sim a deputy chief minister,” Faisal said.
He was referring to Borneo Post article last year quoting Adenan as urging the Chinese to vote for SUPP in the state elections if they wanted a Chinese deputy chief minister.
However, a check on the recording revealed that Adenan only said he would appoint Chinese members to his cabinet.
Chin and Faisal both believe that PBB senior vice-president Awang Tengah Ali Hassan would be appointed as deputy chief minister instead.
Abang Johari was made chief minister last week following Adenan’s death.
Source : Norman Goh @ Malaysiakini