A New Cabinet of Curiosities

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.

Prime Minister
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
K. Devamany
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 

Works Minister
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 

Foreign Affairs
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 

Higher Education
Minister – Datuk Khaled Nordin
Deputies – Dr Hou Kok Chung, Datuk Idris Harun

Minister – Datuk Ong Tee Keat
Deputy – Datuk Anifah Aman 

Human Resources
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 

Federal Territories
Minister – Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique
Deputy – Datuk M. Saravanan

List is sourced from The Star


8 thoughts on “A New Cabinet of Curiosities

  1. As always, East Malaysian states were sidelined, especially Sabah. The Cabinet does not represent the fact that these two Borneo states are equal partners in the Federation. Sampai bila bah pemimpin-pemimpin Sabah/ Sarawak mau mengampu ni?? Bikin panas.

    Tan Sri Bernard Dompok should be given a proper Ministry instead of being the “Office Boy” of the Prime Minister. Given the terrible condition of all Sabah roads, it’s proper that he’s be given the Works Minister. Boleh juga teruskan kerja Trans Borneo highway. The disparity between west and east Malaysia is gigantic to say the least. In Semenanjung you have north-south, east-west, jambatan Pulau Pinang etc. But here… teruklah!

    Kenapa bah pemimpin kita tidak nampak ini? Asyik mau mengampu untuk kepentingan poket sendiri saja. Next time the PM come here, i challenge him not to use the heli to travel around. Use the road.. and don’t use 4wd, use a proton car instead… and see for yourself the big imbalance…


    I absolutely agree. Without Sabah n Sarawak BN cannot form govt. Yet you people got treated like dirt. Send me some more info about conditions there. I will blog separately about it. Cheers.

  2. This cabinet set-up by Pak Lah confirms we Rakyat Malaysia did not make the wrong choice by voting the opposition. Can you imagine a former MB who was caught in Australia for taking out RM 2.5 million undeclared in it. Honestly the future is veryl bleak – seems like no lessons learned.

  3. Tahniah.The cabinet are well distributed between the west / east Malaysia.
    Give them a try and see what they have done after 100 days in office.

  4. sabah & sarawak should be given more attention; if anything, for the fact that they performed well for the ruling coalition. and pangkis already said what i have in mind. i wouldn’t change a word there.

  5. Let us give the new Cabinet a chance to prove their worth in the various ministeries, despite the fact that the majority of the ministers were selected with certain political considerations by the prime minister. Most of us who are familiar with the new and old personalities, will agree that the prime minister remains in control of the most important and strategic ministeries.

    Perhaps, the following ministerial appointments need to be addressed and my comments are:-


    This important ministry should be headed by a more qualifed minister, apolitical and the right attitude to manage the wealth of the nation and be more accountable to the people, in terms of the implementation of projects on a fairer and equitable basis. We need absolute transparency in managing the wealth and its distributions without any patronage to certain individual beneficiary or political alienation. There is no need for a 2nd Finance Minister if the post is not being held and control by the prime minister himself. A waste of human resource and public fund.

    Federal Territories:

    There is absolutely no justification for a separate ministerial entity to control and manage the affairs of the Federal Territories, of which 10 out 11 KL constituencies are now under the opposition. Will Putrajaya and Labuan justify the appointment of a minister, that will be effective and bring benefits to the people? The solution is to move the incumbent minister to the prime minister’s office that will be more acceptable to the opposition MPs.

    Ministers in the prime minister’s office:

    Mohamed Nazri should not have been reappointed based on his past records in the previous Cabinet. Nazri was a vocal and unpopular MP and his actions had affected the image and creditability of Pak Lah as the prime minister on many public issues that were raised in parliament. A new minister responsible for parliamentary affairs or emerged with the Federal Territories would have been more effective and less controversial.

    Zaid Ibrahim, once a controversial UMNO politician has been compensated with a ministerial position though he was found guilty of money politics. Hence his credential and personal integrity are questionable in the eyes of not only UMNO members but also members of the public, especially from the legal profession. How could Zaid be effective in revamping and managing of the judiciary system?

    Amirsham A. Aziz, a former banker but not an economist is a low key personality to handle EPU matters. EPU is an important cordinating unit in the prime minister’s office for development projects worth billions of ringgit in the 9th Malaysia Plan as well as the newly created economic corridors. I believe there are many other suitable and experienced candidates from the public and private sectors. Such big names in the corporate sectors, such as Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Ahmad Tajuddin Ali and Tan Sri G. Ganalingam should have been considered, who are non politicians.

    As for the rest of the Cabinet ministers, it was just a ministerial rotation, although some of them should have been slotted to more senior positions, one such dynamic and hardworking grass root politician is Shafie Apdal. Shafie should have been slotted to Entreprenuer and Co-operative Development Ministry. Rais Yatim’s appointment as the new Foreign Minister is certainly most welcome by all in Wisma Putra. Rais has everything in place that will make him an effective, dynamic and idealistic in pursuing our foreign policy on a regional and global initiatives.

  6. What is the relevant of having pretty face Dr Mashitah there? She failed as MP. Was merely a motivator cum preacher for Islam Hadhari.

    Okay I don’t expect you to answer that.

    She is there as Pak Lah’s proposed set-up to be as tag team with Azalina to take on Rafidah and Shahrizat.

    I guess soreeeee ….

    A lesbian-preacher team don’t stand a chance agst two capable women team.

    Both has not immersed into the wanita umno fold yet.

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