Sarawak MTUC unhappy no human resources minister in new state Cabinet

Andrew Lo.

PETALING JAYA: The Sarawak Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) today bemoaned the lack of a minister to oversee human resources development, following the state government’s Cabinet reshuffle earlier today.

Sarawak MTUC secretary Andrew Lo said they were “deeply disappointed” that Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg had “again neglected” to focus on human resources development by ignoring calls to appoint at least an assistant minister to be in charge of such a portfolio.

Human resources development, he said, was key to the state’s progress and that of Sarawakians.

“We need to create a skilled workforce, propel human capital development and to address long-standing issues on foreign workers, labour productivity, job empowerment, industrial relations and to develop a holistic blueprint of our human capital needs,” Lo said in a statement.

A skilled workforce and proper human capital development, Lo said, would ensure that ordinary Sarawakians could share in the state’s wealth.

Sixty years of such neglect, he added, had led to the lack of decent jobs in Sarawak, so much so that locals had to find jobs outside the state.

“No point focusing on transport that may end up being used by foreign workers.”

Abang Johari named Douglas Uggah Embas as the state’s new second finance minister in a Cabinet reshuffle announced today.

Lee Kim Shin, who was assistant tourism, arts and culture minister in the tourism, arts, culture, youth and sports ministry, was appointed the new state transport minister, while Jerip Susil was named his assistant.

Sebastian Ting replaced Lee as assistant tourism, arts and culture minister.

The shake-up saw the previous infrastructure development and transportation ministry changed to the infrastructure and ports development ministry, led by James Jemut Masing.

The tourism, arts, culture, youth and sports ministry has been split into the tourism, arts and culture ministry and the youth and sports ministry. Both will be led by Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah for now.

The international trade and e-commerce ministry has been incorporated into the industrial and entrepreneur development ministry.

It will now be known as the international trade and industry, industrial terminal and entrepreneur development ministry. The portfolio is held by Awang Tengah Ali Hassan.