Tuesday, June 3, 2008


Sabahans proud of appointments: Mojigoh


The appointments of Datuk Kamaruzaman Ampong as the new Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Vice-Chancellor and Yusuf Saringgit as the new Sabah Federal Financial Officer are something that Sabahans are proud of. “We are happy with the appointments and hope that more will follow and we thank Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for it,” Putatan Member of Parliament Datuk Dr Marcus Mojigoh said when commenting on the appointments of Kamaruzaman and Yusuf which will take effect on June 18 and May 31 respectively. Mojigoh however said he was personally expecting a Cabinet reshuffle to accommodate more Ministers from Sabah. He also lamented that Kadazandusun Murut (KDM) leaders have been overlooked in the Federal Cabinet and cited for example, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Bernard Dompok. “Tan Sri Bernard is so loyal to Pak Lah and is a senior Minister who has served three terms in the Federal Cabinet but is still without a portfolio,” Mojigoh who is the United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organization (UPKO) Vice President, said of the Party’s President. According to him, the grassroots are interpreting the case of Dompok not being given a portfolio, as though the Penampang Member of Parliament is not capable which is why he was not entrusted with any important jobs. “I have often heard people saying that the Barisan Nasional (BN) is not fair to KDM leaders and the KDM are not happy with the way Tan Sri Bernard is treated,” he said. He added that Dompok’s presence in the Prime Minister’s Department was just like a ‘poster’ just to be seen but cannot talk or do anything that he wishes. “This is a real insult to the KDM leader. The KDM people are talking about it and that’s how they feel,” he said.