Ex-Assistant Minister Jornah Mozihim is one of the 11 Political Secretaries sworn-in before Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman in Kota Kinabalu yesterday afternoon. She was assigned to the Community Development and Consumer Affairs Ministry, the ministry she was the Assistant Minister before the March 8, 2008 general elections.
Musa announced Jornah to defend her Matunggung seat in the general elections but her candidacy was revoked by her party Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan two days before nomination day.
In her place to contest Motunggung was Sarapin Magana who won and was also among the 11 who was made Political Secretary yesterday. Sarapin is now Political Secretary to the Chief Minister.
The others who took their oath of office yesterday as Musa's Political Secretary were Nizam Abu Bakar Titingan (Umno) and Jimmy Wong (SAPP).
The others are Political Secretary to Finance Minister Datuk John Ambrose (UMNO), Political Secretary to Rural Development Minister is Wilfredoline Jakil and Political Secretary to Minister in the Chief Minister's Department John Chin (Gerakan).
Haji Mahlan Zinin (Umno) is Political Secretary to the Agriculture and Food Industry Minister, Abdul Kassim Razali (Umno) is with the Minister of Local Government and Housing while the Political Secretary to the Minister of Resource Development and Information Technology is John Lim (PBS). Isnin Haji Aliaseh (UMNO) is Political Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure Development.
Jornah from Assistant Minister to Political Secretary in the same ministry. Interesting what the Rungus community have to say about this as when she was dropped as a candidate, the Rungus had voiced their unhappiness to Pairin and PBS.
Demotion for Jornah? I do not know but Ex-Minister Datuk Kadoh Agundong was in previous State Government was appointed People Development Leader which is a step lower that of a Political Secretary.