KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Haji Noor chaired the  first State Cabinet meeting at Menara Kinabalu here on Wednesday following the reshuffle  which saw the appointment of three new ministers and exchanges of portfolios between  several ministers. 

The new ministers – Datuk James Ratib (Community Development and People’s Well being), Datuk Christina Liew (Tourism, Culture and Environment) and Phoong Jin Zhe  (Industrial Development) – were sworn in on Jan 11. 

Datuk Ir Shahelmey Yahya attended the meeting for the first time as Deputy Chief  Minister III holding the portfolio of Works Minister. 

The Chief Minister also welcomed back Rural Development Minister Datuk Jahid Jahim  who has been on medical leave since last year. 

Other ministers in attendance were Deputy Chief Minister I – Datuk Seri Panglima Dr  Jeffrey Kitingan (Agriculture and Fisheries), Deputy Chief Minister II, Datuk Seri Panglima  Dr Joachim Gunsalam (Local Government and Housing) – Finance Minister Datuk Seri  Panglima Masidi Manjun, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Mohd Arifin  Arif and Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ellron Angin. 

Also present was State Secretary Datuk Seri Panglima Sr Safar Untong.