Transcending political ideologies for the betterment of Malaysia -- Nancy Shukri

03 Dec 2022 11:40pm
Nancy Shukri --BERNAMAphoto (2022) ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Nancy Shukri --BERNAMAphoto (2022) ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

KUALA LUMPUR - The experience and good relationship among members of the Cabinet across the political spectrum will be utilised well to continue contributing to the development of the people and the country, says Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.

Nancy said she expressed her gratitude to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah for His Majesty's consent which led to the establishment of a unity government for the sake of political stability and peace for Malaysians.

She also expressed appreciation to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for trusting her to continue serving the people.

"This appointment is a great responsibility and trust that I will accept as a challenge to continue serving the community and the country," she said in a statement tonight.

Nancy is among 28 Cabinet ministers, including two Deputy Prime Ministers who took their oath of office before Al-Sultan Abdullah at the Istana Negara here today.

She has extensive experience in government administration.

The appointment of the Santubong MP made her the longest-serving female Federal Minister from Sarawak starting from May 2013 as Minister in the Prime Minister's Department until April 2018.

Nancy, 61, also held the position of Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture from March 2020 to this November.

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Leading the ministry during the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, she highlighted new thinking in the effort to redevelop the tourism industry due to the impact of the pandemic.

The Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Wanita vice chief also led the development and implementation of the National Tourism Policy 2020-2030 to strengthen the tourism industry and the Malaysian economy.

She also spearheaded the National Cultural Policy (DAKEN) 2021 which serves as a guide in planning the development of the country's art, culture and heritage sector.

Nancy was also a legal adviser to North Kuching City Hall from 1992 to 2003.

She holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from Ohio University, USA and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Hull, United Kingdom.

The former Member of Parliament for Batang Sadong for three terms starting in the 12th general election (GE12) in March 2008, replaced Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar who withdrew from contesting in the GE15 in the Santubong Parliamentary seat.

Nancy successfully defended the PBB stronghold on a Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) ticket with a majority of 38,681 votes to defeat Pakatan Harapan candidate Mohamad Zen Peli and Independent candidate Affendi Jeman. -- BERNAMA