Law expert: Appoint new Sarawak chief minister without delay

sarawakgovenorPETALING JAYA: The Sarawak governor should appoint his chief minister without further delay as technically there is no state government following the death of Adenan Satem, law expert Abdul Aziz Bari said.

He said in any parliamentary democracy, the prime minister, menteri besar or chief minister was the pillar of the executive part of the government.

“The governor has to first appoint his chief minister in order for the state cabinet to be formed again,” he told FMT.

Aziz, a former International Islamic University constitutional law lecturer said this when asked if there was a government left, following Adenan’s demise from a heart complication yesterday afternoon, just two weeks shy of his 73rd birthday.

He said there could be no one acting as chief minister for Adenan and the state cabinet no longer existed.

“The Sarawak cabinet no longer exist with the death of the chief minister,” he added.

Aziz said soon after the state election in 2011, the then chief minister, Abdul Taib Mahmud got himself reappointed on the same night after the poll results were announced.

“The present governor (Taib ) must not allow the gap to be too long before appointing a new chief minister,” he said.

In the state election last year, Adenan led the Barisan Nasional to win 72 state seats while the opposition obtained 10.