Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Raymond Tan to remain as Sabah Deputy Chief Minister

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman is expected to announce tomorrow whether or not state Infrastructure Development Minister Datuk Raymond Tan will remain as deputy chief minister.
According to an advisory from the Chief Minister's Department today, Musa, who is state Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, is scheduled to hold a news conference immediately after the weekly state cabinet meeting which starts at 10am.
"It is mostly likely that the chief minister will announce the position of Raymond in the state cabinet tomorrow," said a reliable source.
Speculation of an imminent minor cabinet reshuffle has been rife over the past week and gained currency when Tan, the former Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) deputy president, decided to join Gerakan, a peninsula-based party, recently after being partyless for almost nine months.
In making the announcement, Gerakan national chairman Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said that former SAPP Youth chief and Elopura assemblyman Au Kam Wah also made a similar commitment.
Meanwhile, it was reliably learnt that Au might be appointed assistant minister to fill the vacancy left when former state assistant finance minister Melanie Chia chose to remain with SAPP and resigned from her post after the party left BN on Sept 17 last year.-- BERNAMA

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