KOTA KINABALU: Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) president Jeffrey Kitingan was yesterday appointed to the deputy chief minister’s post in Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman’s state cabinet line-up.
The Tambunan assemblyman and Keningau MP, who had sided with Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) over Parti Warisan Sabah and Pakatan Harapan (PH), was also named the new state agriculture development minister. He replaces Yahya Hussin, who lost his Petagas seat in Wednesday’s election.
Musa also appointed Masidi Manjun as his second deputy and maintained Masidi’s old portfolio as the tourism, culture and environment minister, saying Masidi had “personally requested for it”.
Sulaman assemblyman Hajiji Mohd Noor was promoted to deputy chief minister and will double as the state’s infrastructure development minister.
The other ministers are Musbah Jamli (resource development and information technology), Bolkiah Ismail (industrial development), Jahid Jahim (local government and housing), Ellron Angin (rural development), Bobby Suan (special tasks), Anita Baranting (community development and consumer affairs) and Masiung Banah (youth and sports).
“I thank the people of Sabah for their support in the just-concluded election. I would also like to thank the two STAR assemblymen Jeffrey Kitingan and Robert Tawik for putting their trust in us and allowing us to form this coalition government,” Musa said in a press conference at the chief minister’s official residence in Sri Gaya last night.
When asked whether he would keep his word and leave BN and Umno to form a new local party, or join Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) as suggested by Jeffrey, Musa said there could be some changes to the plan.
“We have yet to finalise what we want to do. The most important thing is to work hard for the benefit of Sabah and the people,” he said.
Musa added that he was confident he and his cabinet would have no trouble working with the PH federal government.
He said the most important thing was to strengthen the solidarity between parties within the coalition government.
“I believe we can do the best for Sabah,” he said.