I read in The Borneo Post today that the opposition in Sarawak has formed a shadow cabinet.
The leader of the shadow cabinet is the YB for Bukit Assek.
There are three Bumiputera in this very Chinese cabinet.
One of the three Bumiputera, a representative from PAS, is not even a member of the DUN.
In which case, we can consider him the “shadow senator” in this shadow cabinet.
It looks very wonderful, this shadow cabinet.
In fact, it looks like Penang…especially when we have a Chinese Chief Minister in the shadow cabinet, coincidently.
It’s wonderful and I think this is the change or the UBAH that all Sarawakians are looking forward to.
Some people, after seeing this line-up may be feeling sick to their stomach.
Sick because they found out they made a mistake in not voting for the coalition of convenience that is sometimes known as Pakatan Rakyat or PR.
Had they known that this was the line-up for a shadow cabinet, I’m sure more people would have voted for PR.
In fact, for those who admire Penang, a State where the majority is made up of Chinese, I’m sure this shadow cabinet would suit them just fine.
I guess since the YBs represent ALL races, there’s really no need to have a representation of all the major races in this shadow cabinet, because obviously you can’t have too many “shadow senators” now, can you?
We will have to trust YAB Chief Minister of Penang with this shadow cabinet because this is most likely an idea that came from him, or from his father, or from someone else in Malaya-based DAP headquarters.
Anyway, if some people are not happy about how this shadow cabinet doesn’t have enough “natives”, all I have to say is TOUGH LUCK!
Natives no vote for opposition. Natives no get on shadow cabinet or become shadow senators. Period.
The only consolation for natives is that you get to be represented in the real cabinet and also get a chance to become real ministers and real assistant ministers and real senators to bring real change to the people of our beloved Sarawak.
Yes, that’s your only consolation.
How BERNAMA reported it, as seen in The Borneo Post:
Sarawak Pakatan Rakyat forms ‘Shadow Cabinet’
Posted on May 3, 2011, Tuesday
KUCHING: Effective today, the Sarawak Pakatan Rakyat (PR) has formed a ‘shadow cabinet’ to monitor the performance of state ministers and assistant ministers.
State Opposition leader Wong Ho Leng said the ‘shadow cabinet’ also comprised additional portfolios such as good governance, Native Customery Rights (NCR) affairs, women’s affairs, national unity and consumer affairs.
He said the 16-member ‘Shadow Cabinet’ comprised 15 Opposition assemblymen and one PAS member (Adam Ahid) who was not an assemblyman.
“They must come up with regular reports on their portfolios to enable us to know the overall performance of the state government,” he told reporters here.
The portfolios are:
State Opposition Leader – Wong Ho Leng (DAP)
Natural Resources and Good Governance – Wong Ho Leng (DAP)
Land Development and NCR Affairs – Baru Bian (PKR)
Finance – Chong Chien Jen – (DAP)
Local Government – Ling Sie Kiong (DAP)
Tourism, Heritage and Environment – See Chee How (PKR)
Rural Development – Chew Chiu Sing (DAP)
Industrial Development – Yap Hoi Liong (DAP)
Public Health – Dr Wong Hua Seh (DAP)
Social Development and Women’s Affairs – Violet Yong Wui Wui (DAP)
Public Utilities – Wong King Wei (DAP)
Infrastructure Development and Communication – Chew Wang See (DAP)
Agriculture – Ting Tze Fui (DAP)
Housing and Urban Development – Fong Pau Teck (DAP)
Consumer Affairs – David Wong Kee Woan (DAP)
Religious Affairs and National Unity – Ali Biju (PKR)/Adam Ahid (PAS)