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List of new GLC heads ready
Published on: Sunday, June 24, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: The list of new Sabah government-linked company (GLC) bosses has been finalised, said Chief Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal.

"Just give us a bit of time. Some of the bosses have already been appointed. There will be changes.

Just wait, we will announce them soon. The list is already in my hands," he said.

Sabah, in following the lead of the Pakatan Harapan federal government, is removing politically appointed individuals from state GLCs, as well as ending the contract extensions of senior officers who have passed the retirement age, where necessary.

These were also part of Parti Warisan Sabah's election promises, and Shafie previously said he wanted to see fresh, young talent moving up and professionals running state GLCs. Sabah has 37 GLCs, not including subsidiaries. The state government has 10 ministries and 56 agencies.

Meanwhile, Shafie welcomed the Federal Court's dismissal of the Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas)'s application for leave to commence proceedings against the Sarawak government's move to regulate the state's petroleum activities.

He said any agreement between Petronas and the Sarawak and Sabah state governments should not overlook the rights of the two states as stipulated in the  country's constitution.

"The country's constitution will remain unchanged. The rights of Sabah and Sarawak to locate resources in their respective states are clearly stipulated in the constitution.

"If you want to change the constitution, it must pass through the Parliament," he said.

The Federal Court dismissed Petronas' application after deciding that the Federal Court could not hear the matter because the relief declaration applied by the national oil company was not covered under the jurisdiction of the Federal Court, but the High Court.

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