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Sukarti's term extended; Teo retains Minister post

Published on: Thursday, January 09, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: The tenure of Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman as State Secretary has been extended for one more year effective Jan 9, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa.

Sukarti, 60, had been serving as State Secretary since July 3, 2007 and his term would end on Jan. 8 next year.

"Due to his vast experience and excellent service in the State public service, the State Government has agreed to extend his service as State Secretary," said Musa.

Meanwhile, this year's State-level Maulidur Rasul celebration on Jan 13 and 14 would be held in Tawau. Musa said the procession would start from the Tawau Municipal Council compound.

Musa also said Datuk Teo Chee Kang would remain as Minister of Special Tasks in the Chief Minister's Department following the endorsement of his election as the new Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President.

Musa, who is also Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) Chief, said Teo had briefed him about the letter from the Registrar of Societies (RoS), which acknowledged him (Teo) as party president.

At the same time, Musa said he had also received a letter from Datuk VK Liew (who was involved in the leadership tussle with Teo).

"Whatever Liew wants to do, he has the right to do so (but) as for Teo, he will continue to be a Minister in the Chief Minister's Department for now," he said, adding he hoped the LDP tussle would be solved amicably.

It was reported that Teo had received the letter from RoS that found the LDP congress and election held on Oct. 19 and 20 last year where Teo had been elected unopposed to replace Liew as president to be proper.

Hence, the election of Teo and other Supreme Council members were deemed legitimate.

Liew had said he was puzzled because he was not extended a copy of the letter from RoS and if there was such a letter he claimed that RoS had taken sides and threatened to sue.