Sabah born Penny Wong was made Minister of Finance in the new weak coalition government headed by Labour's Julia Gillard.
Wong is the first openly gay member of the Australian cabinet and first Asian born federal minister when she was appointed Minister of Climate Change in the former PM Rudd's government.
Born at Kota Kinabalu,Sabah to a Chinese Hakka father and Australian mother she left Sabah at very young age when the parents separated.She has very little connection left in Sabah other than an aging father who still lives in Kota Kinabalu.
Penny Wong is a lesbian and was the first sitting member of the Australian Labour Party to "come out" while still in parliament.
(Posted in Phnom Penh)