KOTA KINABALU: Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) has congratulated Umno Vice President Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri on his appointment as Deputy Prime Minister and expressed hope for further strengthening the strategic partnership between Sabah and the federal government.
In a statement here today, STAR President Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin personally informed him of the decision to appoint Ismail to the post.
Kitingan said that Ismail’s solid track record, having held numerous important portfolios in the government, will help relieve the prime minister of some of the duties, especially in handling the pandemic situation.
“I have no doubt that this appointment will also help further strengthen the government and stabilize the political situation in the country.
“The fact that the prime minister personally called his political allies to inform us of this appointment speaks volumes about his leadership personality, which sets him apart from previous prime ministers.
“The prime minister also revealed that it took him a long time to decide on this appointment. It shows that this decision was well-considered and not done hastily,” he said.