Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem has unveiled his new cabinet and it features three deputy chief ministers. They are federal minister Douglas Unggah, PRS president James Masing, and PBB deputy president Abang Johari Abang Openg.
You will have noticed none of whom is Chinese.
But on April 28, 2016 – at a press conference, Adenan had exhorted the Chinese voters to pick BN instead of DAP if they wanted a deputy chief minister position.
The Borneo Post had quoted Adenan as saying: “If you do not want it, you vote DAP. If you want it, you vote SUPP. And then there will be a Chinese deputy chief minister in the cabinet".
However, after the elections, the English daily again quoted Adenan as saying that while he is happy that Chinese voters had swung back to BN, it would be up to him whether or not to appoint a Chinese deputy chief minister.
And as we already know – he did not appoint any Chinese.
In fact, there were only two Chinese in Adenan's cabinet – the highest position went to former UPP president Wong Soon Koh, who is now Sarawak's second finance minister (and a slap in the face for SUPP). The other Chinese is SUPP president Sim Kui Han who was made the state's local government minister, a minor position.
I am smirking because Sarawak Chinese got screwed. That is what happened when they trusted somebody associated with PM Najib Razak.
But don’t get upset! What’s so great about being a Deputy CM anyway?
To be Adenan’s deputy CM is to be his lap dog. All he is good at is to yelp!