By Joseph Tawie
KUCHING: Sarawak Pakatan Rakyat (PR) today announced members of its shadow cabinet who will keep close tabs on state ministers and their ministries.
Wong Ho Leng, who has been named the Opposition Leader, said that those assigned to the various portfolios would have to come up with regular reports on their portfolios.
“This will enable us to know the overall performances of the state government,” he told reporters after meeting PRK leaders.
“Apart from being assigned to the respective portfolio, the shadow cabinet members are expected to come up with alternative and constructive proposals to government policies or suggestions.
“The shadow member responsible (for a particular portfolio) will have to come with alternative and constructive proposals. DAP, PKR and PAS will never come up with proposals that are destructive,” he said, pointing out that the shadow cabinet became effective today.
Wong, who is the Bukit Assek rep and state DAP chief, said that they will be actively taking part in the debates and will study all the proposals by the state government in this coming state assembly sitting.
“They will have to tackle and handle matters concerning their portfolios immediately,” he said, believing that the shadow cabinet will be effective in keeping tabs of the performances of the ministers and their ministries.
‘We don’t want state ministers to answer our questions ‘cincai-cincai’ and without knowing their ministries well,” he said.
The list of portfolios is as follows:
Natural Resources and Good Governance – Wong Ho Leng;
Land Development and NCR Affairs – Baru Bian;
Finance – Chong Chieng Jen;
Local Government – Ling Sie Kiong;
Tourism, Heritage and Environment – See Chee How;
Rural Development – Chiew Chiu Sing;
Industrial Development – Yap Hoi Liong;
Public Health – Dr Wong Hua Seh;
Social Development and Woman Affairs – Violet Yong Wui Wui;
Public Utilities – Wong King Wei;
Infrastructure Development and Communications – Chiew Wang See;
Agriculture – Ting Tze Fui;
Housing and Urban Development – Fong Pau Teck;
Consumer Affairs – David Wong Kee Woan;
Religious Affairs and National Unity – Ali Biju and Haji Adam.