PM Abdullah Badawi has just announced his new cabinet which includes critic Zaid Ibrahim as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department serving as de facto law minister. Zaid is likely to be made a senator first before he can take up his new appointment.
The independent-minded Shahrir Samad makes a surprise entry as Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister.
The “world’s longest-serving trade minister”, Rafidah, has been dropped in a major shock. The “AP Queen” is replaced by Muhyiddin.
Other big names dropped are Radzi Sheikh Ahmad, Jamaluddin Jarjis, Tengku Adnan and Azmi Khalid.
It is likely that the major setbacks suffered by the BN in the 8 March general election played a key role in their being dropped. But the new appointments are unlikely to placate Malaysians demanding real and far-reaching change.
With Zam, Rafidah and Samy Vellu all out, we are now left with Nazri to “entertain” us. I wonder what Ahmad Shabery Cheek will be like as Information Minister. Zam will surely be a hard act to follow. 🙂
Ultra nationalists Najib and Hishamuddin retain Defence and Education respectively.
No place for Khairy, though, who probably remains in “the fourth floor”. The suave and adaptable Rais takes over Wisma Putra from Hamid Albar, who moves to Internal Security. Imagine, Muhammad Taib makes a comeback in Rural Development while there’s even a place for Taib Mahmud’s son as Deputy Tourism Minister.
Umno ministers take over from MIC and Gerakan at the Works Ministry and the Energy, Water and Communications Ministry, both of which are responsible for overseeing the award of huge $$$$ infrastructure contracts. Abdullah, meanwhile, clings on to the coveted Finance portfolio.
Correction: Earlier title should not have read “Nazri out”…. Misread Radzi as Nazri. (Silly me – just wishful thinking on my part, perhaps!) Apologies for the slip-up.
So, what do you think of this Cabinet ?
This from Bernama:
PUTRAJAYA, March 18 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi remains as Minister of Finance while Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop will continue to be Second Finance Minister.
Tan Sri Hj Muhyiddin Yassin has been appointed Minister Of International Trade And Industry replacing Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz, who has been dropped from the Cabinet.
Rafidah is believed to be the world’s longest-serving trade minister, who has been dropped from the Cabinet.
The deputy finance ministers are Datuk Husni Hanadzlah and Datuk Kong Cho Ha.
As for MITI, the deputy ministers are Liew Vui Keong and Jacob Dungau Sagan.
Maybank chief executive officer and President Datuk Amirsham A. Aziz will be appointed senator.
The full list:
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 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 K. Devamany
Datuk Hassan Malik
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 Heong, Senator 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- Loh Wei Keong, Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan
Minister -Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim
Deputy- Tunku Azlan Abu Bakar
Minister -Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein
Deputies -Datuk Wee Ka Siong, Datuk Razali Ismail
Minister – Datuk Khaled Nordin
Deputies – Khoo Kok Choong, Datuk Idris Harun
Datuk Ong Tee Keat
Deputy – Anifah Aman
Datuk 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 Uggah Embas
Deputy – Datuk Abu Ghapur Salleh
Rural and Regional Development
Minister – Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib
Deputy- Tan Sri Joseph Kurup
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 Jack Seng
Minister – Datuk Liow Tiong Lai
Deputy- Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad
Minister – Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek
Deputy- Datuk Tan Lian Hoe
Minister – Datuk Azalina Othman
Deputy – Datuk Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Abu Taib
Minister – Datuk Zulhasnan Rafique
Deputy- M. Saravanan