KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president Shafie Apdal, who was sworn in as chief minister on Saturday, is scheduled to name his state Cabinet ministers at the state palace at 2pm today.
Shafie is expected to name three deputy chief ministers who will represent the main ethnic groups in Sabah, namely the Muslim Bumiputeras, non-Muslim Bumiputeras and the Chinese community.
There has been no word so far on who is included in the line-up, but the focus of the people appears to be on who will replace Masidi Manjun as the next state tourism, culture and environment minister. Names such as DAP Kapayan assemblyman Jannie Lasimbang and Paginatan assemblyman Abidin Maringking have been thrown in the mix.
Masidi has been the face of Sabah’s tourism industry and his efforts have propelled the industry into becoming the third most important in the state after the oil and gas and palm oil industries.
There was even a petition online asking Shafie to consider retaining Masidi in the new Cabinet line-up, although the move was quickly quashed by Masidi himself.
Sabah Barisan Nasional chairman Musa Aman, meanwhile, who was sworn in as the chief minister on May 10, was in Kuala Lumpur attending a party meeting yesterday. So far, there has been no word of him resigning his chief ministership.
Musa, upon being sworn in, had immediately appointed his Cabinet ministers which included Masidi, who retained the tourism, culture and environment ministry and deputy chief minister post.
Musa also appointed Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) president Jeffrey Kitingan as deputy chief minister cum agriculture and food industry minister.
Jeffrey showed up for work on Monday at Wisma Pertanian despite Shafie being sworn in as chief minister just two days earlier.
His action, however, earned him a rebuke by Shafie who warned Jeffrey to stay away from Wisma Pertanian or face the consequences.