• Short Summary

    SARAWAK'S NEW CHIEF MINISTER, PENGHULU TAWI SLI, RETURNED TO KUCHING YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY), FROM KUALA LUMPUR WHERE HE HAD TOP-LEVEL TALKS WITH THE MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER, TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN.

  • Description

    SARAWAK'S NEW CHIEF MINISTER, PENGHULU TAWI SLI, RETURNED TO KUCHING YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY), FROM KUALA LUMPUR WHERE HE HAD TOP-LEVEL TALKS WITH THE MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER, TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN. THE TALKS WERE CENTRED ON THE FORMATION OF A NEW SARAWAK CABINET FOLLOWING THE DISMISSAL OF DATO STEPHEN KALONG NINGKAN AS CHIEF MINISTER AND HIS ENTIRE CABINET BY THE SARAWAK GOVERNOR, TUN ABANG HAJI OPENG, LAST WEEK. MEANWHILE, DATO NINGKAN, WHO HAS MOVED OVER TO THE OPPOSITION, HAS ISSUED A WRIT SEEKING A COURT INJUNCTION TO RESTRAIN THE NEWLY-APPOINTED CHIEF MINISTER FROM TAKING OFFICE. HE HAS ALSO SOUGHT A COURT RULING THAT HIS DISMISSAL BY THE GOVERNOR WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

    DATO NINGKAN WAS DISMISSED BY THE GOVERNOR AFTER HE FAILED TO RESIGN IN SPITE OF A CALL TO DO SO BY THE MALAYSIAN PREMIER, TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN, FOLLOWING A SERIES OF CRISIS INSIDE THE SARAWAK ALLIANCE OVER THE PAST 12 MONTHS. THE TUNKU IS LEADER OF THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE -- RULING PARTY OF MALAYSIA. BUT ACCORDING TO DATO NINGKAN, HE COULD BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE ONLY THROUGH A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE IN THE SARAWAK STATE COUNCIL.

    SHORTLY AFTER THE CHIEF MINISTER'S ARRIVAL, A NEW TWO-PARTY STATE CABINET PESAKA AND BERJASA WAS SWORN IN BY THE GOVERNOR, AFTER EFFORTS TO GET THE SARAWAK CHINESE ASSOCIATION, PARTY NEGARA AND THE SARAWAK NATIONAL PARTY OF DATO NINGKAN, TO ACCEPT FORTFOLIOS HAD FAILED.

    THE NEW SIX-MEMBERS CABINET IS: CHIEF MINISTER, PENGHULU TAWI SLI; MINISTERS (PORTFOLIOS NOT ALLOCATED) MR. TAIB IN MAHMUD, FORMER MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND WORKS, WHO WAS SACKED BY DATO NINGKAN, WHO SAID HE HAD NO CONFIDENCE IN HIM; PENGHULU FRANCIS UMPAU; MR. TAJANG LAING; MR. AWANG HIPNI, AND ABANG VAJI ABDUL RAHIM, WHO WAS EXPELLED FROM HIS PARTY PANAS FOR ACCEPTING A POST IN THE NEW CABINET. (HIS BROTHER IS CHAIRMAN OF THE PARTY WHO IS EXPECTED TO JOIN DATO NINGKAN OPPOSING THE NEW CABINET.)
    THE CHIEF MINISTER, PENGHULU UMPAU AND MR. TAJANG LAING ARE MEMBERS OF TAN SRI TEMMENGONG JUGAH'S PARTY PESAKA. TAN SRI JUGAH IS THE FEDERAL MINISTER FOR SARAWAK AFFAIRS. MR. TAIB AND MR. AWANG HIPNI ARE MEMBERS OF BARJASA PARTY, WHOSE LEADER IS MR. ABDUL RAHMAN YAACOB, FEDERAL MINISTER FOR LANDS AND MINES.

    THREE MORE POSTS ARE VACANT IN THE CABINET AND THEY ARE TO BE FILLED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BY A NINE-MAN SPECIAL COMMITTEE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9S07O1BS5CVFLGOL5EGPV9V5H
    Media URN:
    VLVA9S07O1BS5CVFLGOL5EGPV9V5H
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/06/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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