Uninspiring Cabinet that draws more questions

Najib named his 28 member cabinet with 25 ministries.  This is a tad smaller than Pak Lah’s administration.  Kudos!  That’s where it stops.

This is his lineup.


Prime Minister and Finance Minister 1: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak

Deputy PM and Education Minister: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

Ministers in Prime Minister’s Department
Unity and Performance Management: Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon
Law and Parliament: Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz
Religious Affairs: Brig. Gen. (Rtd) Datuk Jamil Khir Baharum
Economic Planning Unit: Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop

Deputies: Datuk Liew Vui Keong, Senator Datuk Dr Mashitah Ibrahim, Datuk SK Devamany, Ahmad Maslan, Senator T. Murugiah

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
Finance Minister II: Datuk Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah
Deputies: Datuk Chor Chee Heung, Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussein

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
Deputies: Datuk Wee Ka Siong, Datuk Puad Zarkashi

Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat
Deputies: Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri, Datuk Robert Lau

Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein
Deputies: Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop, Jelaing Mersat

Information, Culture, Arts and Communications
Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim
Deputies: Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum, Senator Heng Seai Kie

Energy, Green Technology & Water
Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui
Deputy: Noriah Kasnon

Plantation Industries and Commodities
Tan Sri Bernard Dompok
Deputy: Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin

Rural and Regional Development
Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal
Deputies: Datuk Hassan Malek, Datuk Joseph Entulu

Higher Education
Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin
Deputies: Dr Hou Kok Chung, Saifuddin Abdullah

International Trade and Industry
Datuk Mustapa Mohamed
Deputies: Datuk Muhkriz Mahathir, Datuk Jacob Dungau

Science, Technology and Innovation
Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili
Deputy: Fadillah Yusof

Natural Resources and Environment
Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas
Deputy: Tan Sri Joseph Kurup

Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen
Deputy: Datuk Seri Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Abdul Taib

Agriculture and Agro-based Industries
Datuk Noh Omar
Deputies: Johari Baharum, Rohani Abdul Karim

Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
Deputy: Datuk Dr Abdul Latif

Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor
Deputy: Datuk Yong Khoon Seng

Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai
Deputy: Datuk Rosnah Rashid Shilin

Youth and Sports
Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek
Deputies: Datuk Razali Ibrahim, Wee Jeck Seng

Human Resources
Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam
Deputy: Datuk Maznah Mazlan

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs
Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri
Deputy: Datuk Tan Lian Hoe

Housing and Local Government
Datuk Kong Cho Ha
Deputy: Lajim Ukin

Women, Family and Community Development
Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil
Deputy: Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun

Foreign Affairs
Datuk Anifah Aman
Deputies: Datuk Lee Chee Leong, Senator A. Kohilan Pillai

Federal Territories
Datuk Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin
Deputy: Datuk M. Saravanan

Can we see some interesting points right here that jumps out to us?  Hardly the “One Malaysia. People First. Performance Now” theme that Najib touted when he took office.

1.  Where is Khairy?

2.  Muhkriz is in after losing his Umno Youth race?

3.  But Khairy’s Umno Youth Deputy,  Razali Ibrahim, is in?

4.  Oh even Koh Tsu Koon who lost in the GE2008 elections has a place?  The one who declared he won’t take a backdoor entrance into the cabinet back in 2008?

5.  Look, same goes for Shahrizat too, she’s in?

6.  Chew Mei Fun has a cabinet position for losing her seat?

7.  Only 2 ministerial position from Sarawak and 4 for Sabah?  Sarawak is not important after all that has happened?

8.  MIC Samy is surely going crazy for 1 seat?

9.  All the prime positions with money movement stays with Umno e.g. Finance, Education, Defense and Works?

There are obviously more questions that can be asked.  However, let us be mindful that our traditional views have always been impacted by appeasing component parties, balancing racial allocation, protecting the few key supporters, keeping Tun M happy, whether back door senate moves will also work, inclusive policy on those who were voted out by the electorate, specific policy to keep some of those voted by Umno out, and the list goes on.

The new Najib cabinet is not impressive.  There may be a good person here and there but overall, it is not impressive.  There are too many questions that haunt this cabinet and Najib will be spending some time explaining about Khairy and Koh Tsu Koon with Samy wailing in the back.

Time will soon tell how this cabinet performs.  Perhaps we should give them a chance to prove themselves how good they are for Malaysia.

To Najib’s new cabinet, good luck.  All Malaysians are watching you closely!  Prove to us that you are the cabinet for all Malaysians and work for the best of the country.

The clock is ticking towards the next General Election!

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