Partyless Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah, who joined Parti Gerakan on May 5, 2009, will be made the party's national Vice President. Elopura assemblyman Au Kam Wah, who also joined Party Gerkan on the same day will be made a member of the party's central committee.
This was announced by Parti Gerakan's president Senator Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon in a Press conference in Kota Kinabalu today.
Koh, who is Minister in the Prime Minister's Department said the appointment would be formalised during the party's central committee meeting very soon.
Tan and Au, who are former deputy president and Youth chief, respectively, of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), had been without a party when SAPP pulled out from the national coalition government Barisan Nasional on Sept 17, 2008. They opted to stay pun in BN, saying that they won their respective seats on BN tickets.
On whether Tan could keep his Cabinet post now that he had joined Parti Gerakan, Koh said appointment of ministers in Sabah was the prerogative of the Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman.
"Tan and Au joined Parti Gerakan as a matter of principle (they won on BN ticket) and not due to position," Koh said. Tan, who is Tanjong papat assemblyman is also Infrastructure Development Minister.