First bernama reported this………
Sarawak BN Bastion Wants More Federal Representation
KUCHING, March 11 (Bernama) — With Sarawak setting the record in contributing the most number of Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs – 30 out of 140 nationwide – in the just-concluded general election, the state BN wants more federal cabinet representation.
Most state and community leaders strongly feel the Federal Government should now consider giving Sarawakian MPs the recognition they deserved, especially those from rural constituencies as they had delivered all the seats.
Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) senior vice-president Datuk Seri Awang Tengah Ali Hasan was quoted by the Borneo Post today, as saying that more Sarawakians should be appointed to fill federal posts.
“It is the hope of the state BN…after all, it has delivered the most seats to the national BN,” he said, adding that PBB hoped it would be given a bigger role to play in the new Federal Government line-up in the form of more ministerial, deputy minister or parliamentary secretary posts.
The backbone of the Sarawak BN, PBB won all 14 seats contested, including the new seats of Igan, Sibuti and Limbang while Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) six, Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) four and Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) six out of seven seats contested.
Awang Tengah, who is also state public utilities minister, said PBB had one cabinet minister and one deputy minister in the federal cabinet, prior to the dissolution of parliament.
Datuk Seri Mohd Effendi Norwawi, who was appointed senator, held the post of minister in the prime minister’s department while Datuk Douglas Uggah was deputy transport minister.
Meanwhile, PRS president Datuk Seri Dr James Masing said various portfolios in the government should be allocated to the rural MPs because the BN’s mandate to govern came mainly from the rural seats, as far as Sarawak was concerned.
In describing Sarawak and Sabah as the BN bastions, Dr Masing, who is also state development minister, said the two states should be given due leverage in federal cabinet representation.
State Environment and Public Health Minister Datuk Michael Manyin, who is also PBB vice president, said minority Bumiputera communities in Sarawak and Sabah needed more voice, as well as deserved to be allocated more posts in the federal cabinet.
Then the BOSS say this……
Sarawak Will Not Lobby For More Federal Representation
KUCHING, March 11 (Bernama) – Sarawak will not lobby for more representation in the federal cabinet, despite several calls to increase the present representation, Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said today.
“I don’t normally lobby for things like this. We will leave it to Prime Minster Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to consider.
“We are in BN. He (Prime Minister) will take note, as he would understand the ‘feeling’ in Sarawak,” he told reporters after attending a briefing with MPs at the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) headquarters here today.
Sarawak has set the record in contributing 30 out of 140 nationwide BN MPs in the March 8 general election. As the backbone of the Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN), PBB won all 14 seats contested while Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) six out of seven seats, while Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) six and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) four.
Most state and community leaders strongly feel the federal government should now consider giving Sarawakian MPs the recognition they deserved as the state played a pivotal role in ensuring victory for the BN in the just-concluded general election.