Thursday, January 13, 2011

Mohd Salleh Tun Said: Named Sabah speaker

KOTA KINABALU: Former chief minister Datuk Mohd Salleh Tun Said (pic) has been appointed Sabah Assembly Speaker.

The 51-year-old Salleh will be sworn in as Speaker on Monday by Yang Di Pertua Negeri Datuk Seri Juhar Mahiruddin who on Jan 1 vacated the Speaker position to become the head of state.

Announcing the appointment, Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman said Salleh will have to vacate his cabinet-rank position as Science Advisor to the Chief Minister.

However, Musa declined to be drawn into speculation that he might move incumbent deputy chief minister Datuk Peter Pang into Salleh’s Science Advisor post so that the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) can regain its state cabinet position.

Pang left the LDP on Sept 17 after the party’s brief fallout with Musa.

Musa said Salleh, who had vast political experience, was the right man for the job and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was informed about the choice and has agreed.

In an immediate reaction, Salleh thanked Musa and the state government for their confidence in him and hoped to carry out his task to the best of his abilities.

“As Sabah Umno deputy liaison chief, I will continue to help Musa strengthen Umno in Sabah,” said Salleh, who served as chief minister between 1995-1996 under the now scrapped Barisan Nasional two-year chief minister rotation system.

He was later elected Kota Belud MP for two terms from 1999 but was dropped as a candidate in 2008.

Meanwhile, Musa also announced that newly-elected Batu Sapi MP Datin Linda Tsen Thau Lin (PBS) has been appointed chairman of Sabah Credit Corporation.

The incumbent, LDP’s Datuk Teo Chee Kang, took over as Sabah Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board chairman.

The Sabah CVLB chairman post was held by Tsen’s late husband Datuk Edmond Chong who died in a road accident on Oct 9.

*Taken from The Star Online

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