From 32 ministries to 27. This is a dieter’s Cabinet. Or should I say the Cabinet of Reduced Circumstances.
Curious additions and glaringly obvious omisions. Some observations
1. Zaid Ibrahim wasn’t even fielded as a BN candidate in Kota Bharu. Now he is in the Cabinet. Someone came to his senses perhaps.
2. Joseph Pairin Kitingan, a significant force in Sabah politics, not only won his seat, but his state, Sabah, together with Sarawak, made it possible for BN to form a government after the disastrous showing at the March 8 polls. He was not in the Cabinet. Sad dismissal, could prove disastrous for Pak Lah next elections.
3. Syed Hamid Albar and some of the Umno insiders tried to get rid of Rais Yatim by sending him as Malaysia’s nominee for Commonwealth Sec Gen’s post. Rais refused to play ball. He almost wasn’t named to defend his Jelebu Parliament seat. Finally named, he won his seat comfortably in a shaky state that lost much of its seats to the opposition. Now he got Syed Hamid’s job at Foreign Ministry. Heheh!
4. Wanita Umno tadak representation in Cabinet. Reprehensible considering Rafidah Aziz won her Kuala Kangsar seat. Quite apart from the shady AP scandals, this iron lady was once described by the foreign media as the “only person in the Malaysian Cabinet with balls” is conspicuously missing from the Cabinet. Pak Lah’s loss.
5. K. Devamany, the only Indian leader from MIC who came out in defense of the Hindraf rally in parliament, is one of the surviving MIC reps. He made it as a Deputy Minister.
6. The dark horse of MCA, Ong Tee Keat, long sidelined for various reasons including his Team B past, is one of the BN survivors from Selangor. Popular with his constituents, he finally makes Minister, taking Chan Kong Choy’s former portfolio.
7. Ong Ka Chuan takes brother Ka Ting’s portfolio. So, Ka Ting’s “noble” overtures in not accepting a ministership, looks to me like clearing the way for his brother. Heheh.
8. All those maneuverings and underground work paid off. The erstwhile pariah of Selangor makes a comeback to the mainstream politics big time. Muhamad son of Muhamad (also known as Mike Tyson or Mat Tyson for backhanding his then 2nd wife Ku Yah, in public) becomes a federal minister. Why? He didn’t do jack in Selangor did he?
9. Umno seg gen Radzi Sheikh Ahmad and Azmi Khalid, from Perlis,(all were parties in the Perlis power struggle that saw Shahidan Kassim sidelined as well) were both dropped. So was Jamaluddin Jarjis who won his Rompin seat in Pahang. But then JJ is already kaya raya. Enuff with politics eh JJ?
10. The wildly popular MP of JB who won his seat despite quitting Umno after the Salleh Abbas debacle and standing as an independent candidate. A controversial that follows what is right more often than what the party thinks is right, can only bring credibility to this Cabinet. A much-appreciated addition.
11. Khairy Jamalludin wasn’t named. Thank God. I guess there would have been an open revolt in Umno ranks if he was. Earn your spurs KJ, maybe you can take over as Backbenchers Club Chairman. But then beware, Kak Pidah from Kuala Kangsar might join you, and you don’t play play ah!
Here is the Lineup proper.
Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Deputy Prime Minister
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department
Tan Sri Bernard Dompok
Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz
Datuk Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
Datuk Mohd Zaid Ibrahim
Datuk Amirsham Abdul Aziz
Deputy Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department
Datuk Johari Baharom
Datuk Dr Mashitah Ibrahim
Datuk Hasan Malek
Minister – Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Second Finance Minister – Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop
Deputies – Datuk Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, Datuk Kong Cho Ha
Minister – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
Deputy – Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop
Internal Security and Home Affairs
Minister – Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar
Deputies – Datuk Chor Chee Heung, Senator Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh
Housing and Local Government
Minister – Datuk Ong Ka Chuan
Deputies – Datuk Robert Lau, Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin
Minister – Datuk Mohd Zin Mohamad
Deputy – Datuk Yong Khoon Seng
Energy, Water and Communications
Minister – Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor
Deputy – Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry
Minister – Datuk Mustapa Mohamed
Deputy – Datin Paduka Rohani Abdul Karim
International Trade and Industry
Minister – Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
Deputies – Datuk Liew Vui Keong, Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan
Minister – Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim
Deputy – Datuk Seri Tengku Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar
Minister – Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein
Deputies – Datuk Wee Ka Siong, Datuk Razali Ismail
Minister – Datuk Khaled Nordin
Deputies – Dr Hou Kok Chung, Datuk Idris Harun
Minister – Datuk Ong Tee Keat
Deputy – Datuk Anifah Aman
Minister – Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam
Deputy – Datuk Noraini Ahmad
Women, Family and Community Development
Minister – Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen
Deputy – Noriah Kasnon
National Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage
Minister – Datuk Shafie Apdal
Deputy – Datuk Teng Boon Soon
Science, Technology and Innovation
Minister – Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili
Deputy – Fadilah Yusof
Entrepreneurial and Cooperative Development
Minister – Datuk Noh Omar
Deputy – Datuk Saiffuddin Abdullah
Natural Resources and Environment
Minister – Datuk Douglas Unggah Embas
Deputy – Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh
Rural and Regional Development
Minister – Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib
Deputy – Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, Joseph Entulu Belaun
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs
Minister – Datuk Shahrir Samad
Deputy – Jelaing Mersat
Plantation Industries and Commodities
Minister – Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui
Deputy – Senator A. Kohilan
Youth and Sports
Minister – Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaacob
Deputy – Wee Jeck Seng
Minister – Datuk Liow Tiong Lai
Deputy – Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad
Minister – Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek
Deputy – Datuk Tan Lian Hoe
Minister – Datuk Seri Azalina Othman
Deputy – Datuk Seri Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Taib
Minister – Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique
Deputy – Datuk M. Saravanan
List is sourced from The Star