Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Numbers not important, effectiveness is

KUCHING: Barisan Nasional component parties should not be harping on whether they were well represented in Cabinet but should be more concerned about the effectiveness of the ministers appointed.

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy president Datuk Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg said although his party was disappointed that it only has one full minister in the new Cabinet line-up, it respected the decision of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“We had expected more but what is important is the effectiveness of the ministers.

“If you put ministers there who cannot work, there’s no point,” he told reporters after presenting offer letters to recipients of houses under the Rumah Rakyat Mesra programme at Wisma Sultan Tengah here Tuesday.

Barisan component parties unhappy with their representation in Cabinet should realise that the appointment of ministers and deputy ministers is the Prime Minister’s prerogative, he added.

PBB is represented by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Douglas Uggah, Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim, Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Abdul Taib and Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Fadillah Yusof.

Abang Johari also said it was important for the Cabinet to ensure an efficient delivery system of projects and policies to benefit the people.

“As the Prime Minister said, it’s about putting the people first and not about making us ministers,” he said.

He added that Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal’s appointment as Rural and Regional Development Minister would be advantageous to Sabah and Sarawak as he knew the needs of the two states.

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