Friday, 21 March 2008

Rahim Ismail did not expect it

Pantai Manis Assemblyman Datuk Haji Abdul Rahim Ismail was dropped from the Sabah new Cabinet line-up to make way for newly elected Klias Assemblywoman Datuk Hajah Azizah Datuk Mohd Dun.

Rahim said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman called him before the swearing-in of Ministers and Assistant Ministers on March 14, informing him that he would not be re-appointed Agriculture and Food Industry Minister.

"After holding the portfolio for six years, I did not expect to be sideline just like that. I was disappointed so do my supporters," he told Daily Express's reporter Hayati Dzulkifli in an exclusive interview.

Azizah, who opted to contest a State seat in the March 8, general elections, was appointed Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister. The former Beaufort Member of Parliament was Federal Local Government and Housing Deputy Minister before the general elections.

Rahim also disclosed that the Chief Minister had told him of making him the new chairman of the Sabah Land Development Board, replacing Tan Sri Joseph Kurup (YB Bell Bottom) who had been appointed a Federal Rural and Regional Development Deputy Minister.

My Say:

So far no official announcement on Rahim's appointment as Sabah Land Development Board's chairman.

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