Hornbill Unleashed

May 8, 2017

See applauds CM’s vision, positive about new cabinet

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:03 AM

Image result for see chee howDespite noting that Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg has appointed 10 ministers, the maximum number of members in the cabinet allowed by the Sarawak State Constitution, State PKR vice chairman See Chee How is keeping an open and positive outlook on the new cabinet line-up.

“With another 18 assistant ministers, the executive branch appears bloated, but during the administration of the former Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem, he had the assistance of nine ministers and 19 assistant ministers.

“The administration has tilted heavier towards PBB but it is the prerogative of the CM and it should bother the other state BN component parties more,” he said yesterday when asked to comment on the new state cabinet line-up announced by Abang Johari last Saturday.

For Sarawakians, See said the vision and direction of the new administration and their delivery of benefits and better services to them are of greater importance.

He added that there are signs that Abang Johari is restructuring the cabinet and making appointment of the ministers and assistant ministers according to what he envisages Sarawak to be in the future and to prepare and organise the executive for the global socio-economic and political trends and their opportunities .

“The elevation and mounting emphasis towards education, oil and gas, energy development, digital economy, international trade and e-commerce development, native land development, urban public transportation and the setting up of the State Ombudsman are indicative of the CM’s directions to re-engineer the state’s governance and that deserves our due recognition and support,” he said

However, See said the re-engineering of the state’s governance will require the fullest support of all Sarawakians, and that warrants the new administration to adopt a new mindset towards the opposition parties in Sarawak to recognise their positive and constructive roles in checking and monitoring the functions and performance of the administration.

The mechanism and process for ‘check and balance’ should also be elevated and enhanced, he added.

“The CM has shown that we are embarking on a new journey, not least our pursuit for the autonomy of Sarawak which is a huge essential and fundamental element for the success of the re-engineering. The good re-engineering plan will not succeed if Sarawak does not have its legislative, fiscal and administrative power and autonomy.”

See hoped that the chief minister and his new administration will be more transparent and show greater accountability in the negotiation with the federal government on the devolution of powers and push for Sarawak’s rights and autonomy under the provisions of the Malaysia Agreement, the Federal Constitution, Sarawak Constitution and all the instruments that are the foundation for our Federation.

“That is the case to have a Sarawak Minister of Education, as example, for our pursuit for Sarawak’s ‘freedom in education’, but how far have we achieved in those meetings and discussions for the federal government to devolve this power to Sarawak?”

“In accordance with the legislative list in the Ninth Schedule of our Federal Constitution, and their preceding arrangements in the Malaysia Act and the Inter-Governmental Committee Report, it is clear that Sarawak has autonomy and considerable latitude in achieving that aspiration to give our children better education and to ensure that there is better and brighter future for Sarawak and all Sarawakians.”

In cautioning that the BN at the federal level might prove to be the biggest obstacle, See stated that Sarawakians certainly do not want Sarawak Education Minister Dato Sri Michael Manyin to find himself not really having any more authority or responsibility than what our present state director of education has.

“Putrajaya has all this while considered Sarawak to be submissive and subservient to it. It is therefore imperative for the discussions and resolutions for devolution of powers to be concluded before the coming general election.”

“The successful implementation of the plans through the re-engineering of Sarawak’s governance is crucial for the future of Sarawak and well-being of all Sarawakians. I applaud the CM for his vision to devise this re-engineering plan and I certainly hope that it will come to fruition in the nearest future.”

Source : @ The Borneo Post Online


1 Comment »

  1. How they perform depends on the Captain … just like a football-team … already some disappointment arising from the appointment of DCM

    Comment by tigeryk — May 8, 2017 @ 7:41 PM | Reply

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