President PRS Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing left, retained his portfolio in a major cabinet reshuffle announced by the Chief Minister, right, after April 14 state elections

The much awaited Sarawak cabinet reshuffle following the April 14 state elections was finally unveiled today by the Chief Minister.

There were no big surprises – many ministers, assistant ministers retained their respective portfolios in the reshuffle.

The second deputy chief minister post, which previously held by SUPP remain vacant as Taib opted to promote several members of his cabinet to ‘Senior Minister’ position.

They were Parti Rakyat Sarawak’s president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing, Sarawak People Democratic Party president Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom and SUPP’s Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh.

Taib said the one Deputy Chief Minister post now held by another PBB deputy president, Alfred Jabu Numpang, who is also Rural Development Minister, should not be a big issue.

He said Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Dr James Jemut Masing, who had been retained as Land Development Minister, would also be holding senior minister porfolios together with Soon Koh and Mawan.

According to Taib their role as senior ministers would be to coordinate specific development projects and programmes needed to be undertaken together.

The new Sarawak Cabinet line-up is as follows:

YAB Tan Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud
Chief Minister (retained)
Minister of Finance (retained)
Minister of Planning and Resource Management (now Minister of Resource Planning & Environment)
Minister of Industrial Development (no longer holds this portfolio)

Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang, PBB
Deputy Chief Minister (retained)
Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture (retained)
Minister of Rural Development (retained)

Tan Sri Dr. James Jemut Masing, PRS
(now Senior Minister)
Minister of Land Development (retained)

Tan Sri William Mawan anak Ikom, SPDP
(now Senior Minister)
Minister of Social Development and Urbanisation (now Minister of Social Development)

Datuk Amar Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg
Minister of Housing and Urban Development (now Minister of Housing)
Minister of Tourism and Heritage (now Minister of Tourism)

Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, SUPP
(now Senior Minister)
Minister of Finance (II) (retained)
Minister of Environment and Public Health (now Minister of Local Government & Community Development)

Dato Sri Micheal Manyin anak Jawong
Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communications

Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah bin Ali Hassan
Minister of Planning and Resource Management II (now Minister of Resource Planning & Environment II)
Minister of Public Utilities (retained)
(now Minister of Industrial Development – taking over from YAB Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud)

Datuk Hajah Fatimah Abdullah
Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (now Minister of Welfare, Women & Family Development)

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan bin Satem
Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (retained)
Minister of Special Functions (retained)

The new assistant ministers are:
1. Robert Lawson Chuat anak Vincent (Assistant Minister of Welfare)
2. Rosey binti Yunus (Assistant Minister of Early Childhood Education & Family Development)
3. Julaihi bin Narawi (Assistant Minister of Industrial Development – Investment & Promotion AND Assistant Minister of Rural Development)
4. Karim bin Rahman Hamzah (Assistant Minister of Social Development – Youth Development AND Assistant Minister of Housing)
5. Liwen anak Lagang (Assistant Minister of Social Development – Culture & Heritage)
6. Datuk Len Talif bin Salleh (Assistant Minister of Resource Planning & Environment – Environment AND Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office – Promotion of Technical Education)
7. Dr Jerip anak Susil (Assistant Minister of Local Government & Community Development – Public Health)

Previous assistant ministers who retained their portfolios are:
8. Datuk Peter Nansian anak Ngusie (Assistant Minister of Industrial Development – Industrial Estate Development AND Assistant Minister of Local Government & Community Development – Community Services)
9. Datuk Daud bin Abdul Rahman (Assistant Minister of Infrastructure Development & Communications – Infrastructure Development AND Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office – Islamic Affairs)
10. Datuk Lee Kim Shin (Assistant Minister of Infrastructure Development & Communications – Communications AND Assistant Minister of Social Development – Sports)
11. Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi anak Utom (Asssistant Minister of Public Utilities – Electricity & Telecommunications)
12. Datuk Sylvester Entri anak Muran (Assistant Minister of Public Utilities – Water Supply AND Assistant Minister of Agriculture – Farmers’ Organisation)
13. Francis Harden anak Hollis (Assistant Minister of Rural Development AND Assistant Minister of Housing)
14. Datuk Mohd Naroden bin Majais (Assistant Minister of Resource Planning AND Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office – Bumiputera Entrepreneur Development)
15. Datuk John Sikie anak Tayai (Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office – Native Adat & Penan Affairs AND Assistant Minister of Local Government & Community Development – Local Government)
16. Datuk Mong anak Dagang (Assistant Minister of Agriculture – Research & Marketing)
17. Datuk Gramong anak Juna (Assistant Minister of Land Development AND Assistant Minister of Tourism – Local Event & Products)
18. Datuk Abdul Wahab bin Aziz (Assistant Minister of Land Development)
19. Datuk Talib Zulpilip (Assistant Minister of Tourism)

Taib also announced the creation of a new ministry headed by Datuk Fatimah Abdullah the Ministry of Welfare, Women & Family Development and renaming the other ministries.

Ministry of Social Development and Urbanisation led by Mawan has been renamed to Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Environment & Public Health to Ministry of Local Government & Community Development, Ministry of Planning & Resources Management to Ministry of Resource Planning & Environment, Ministry of Ministry of Housing & Urban Development to Ministry of Housing, Ministry of Tourism & Heritage to Ministry of Tourism.