I AM still in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Personally, I feel that the political situation in the country is rather shaky right now. I hope things get better. Am proud to have learnt from my boss, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok. The lesson: Read the government news agency, Bernama report below.
Dompok: Sabah wants balanced representation in Cabinet
By Tengku Noor Shamsiah Tengku Abdullah
PUTRAJAYA, March 30 (Bernama) -- Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties want balanced representation in the (Federal) Cabinet, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said here Sunday.
The United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (UPKO) party president said that wherever he went, he was questioned on the issue of Sabah BN representation in the Federal Government, especially after the Sabah BN had won 24 of the 25 parliamentary seats in the state in the March 8 general election.
"So, they (federal government) should look at what has been given to Sabah to maintain (the victory for the BN)," he told Bernama here.
He said this was among the issues that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had to clarify during his upcoming meeting with Sabah BN leaders, expected to be held in Kota Kinabalu this week.
Dompok, who is Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, said Sabah and Sarawak, which delivered 54 of the 140 parliamentary seats to the BN, only got five ministerial posts -- three for Sabah and two for Sarawak -- while Johor BN, which delivered 25 seats, got seven ministerial posts, he said.
Dompok said: "It looks like what the people of Sabah have given (to the BN)has been taken for granted.
"They (the federal government) have to look fairly, (in the) case of Sabah and Sarawak, for their splendid performance in the recent general election," he said.
When announcing his cabinet on March 18, Abdullah retained the three posts of minister and raised from two to four the posts of deputy minister for Sabah.
Kimanis MP Datuk Anifah Aman declined to accept the post of deputy minister of transport while Kalabakan MP Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh resigned as deputy minister of natural resources and environment on Wednesday.-- BERNAMA