I am honoured to be part of unity govt under Anwar, says Ewon on new ministerial appt

KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Ewon Benedick, who has been announced as the new Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister, is taking his position as one of the two ministers from Sabah in the Federal cabinet seriously.

The 39-year-old incoming Upko president and Penampang MP said he was honoured to be part of the unity government under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“The ministry mandated to me is certainly important for entrepreneurs’ development, which I am looking forward to pursuing.

“Being one of two representatives from Sabah, I am also looking forward to raising issues that matter and due for the people of Sabah, and will work with fellow cabinet members on the solution to those issues especially on Sabah rights.

“I will also pay serious attention to the constituencies I represent, namely Penampang parliamentary constituency and Kadamaian state constituency, which require much attention for development under the new government.

“I wish to congratulate my fellow cabinet members and hope to build our nation together,” he said when asked to comment on his appointment on Friday (Dec 2).

In the past, Ewon has held the post of state Rural Development Minister in 2018.

Anwar,when announcing the federal Cabinet line-up earlier, said the members of the cabinet are expected to undergo the swearing-in ceremony in front of Yang di-Pertuan Agong at 3pm on Saturday (Dec 3).