IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A NEW CABINET, SOMETHING TO DO WITH TRANSFORMATION. IT IS SHAPING UP INTO A NAJIB-UMNO CABINET….
The non-UMNO ministers and assistant ministers are there to carry out their duties without question. They only have to say, “Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.”
Do you want transformation? It won’t come from this cabinet.
The main item on their agenda seems to be. “Get even. Take revenge on the Chinese.”
Najib will talk and talk about unity and reconciliation. Cheap talk.
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 21:42
An IGP responsible for death of a citizen, a Home Minister who hit another: BUT DOES NAJIB CARE?
Written by Gobind Singh Deo
The Prime Minister should take stock of the decision of the Kuala Lumpur High Court today in finding the current Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar responsible for the death of A. Kugan in police custody.
It must have been brought to the notice of the Prime Minister that the conduct of the IGP was seriously in question with the case of Kugan pending but yet the Prime Minister felt it fit for him to be appointed as IGP.
First the IGP, next the Home Minister
Now the Prime Minister is highly embarrassed and he has only himself to blame for not realising the obvious, which is that the court could well find against Khalid in the case, which it ultimately did.
Now we have the Home Minister in a somewhat similar situation. Does the Prime Minister not understand that there is a conflict as the Home Minister is in charge of the police and that he may be found liable for acts which may warrant police action?
How does the Prime Minister talk of greater governance and transparency with appointments like these?
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ONE OF NAJIB’S MEN IS UNDER A CLOUD
It is Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
Suspend Zahid Hamidi till assault case cleared, PM told
Ahmad Zahid had been sued by businessman Amir Abdullah Bazli for allegedly punching him in the on January 16, 2006 at the Country Heights recreational club in Kajang, Selangor causing the latter to suffer a nasal bone fracture and a swollen left eye.
Then a deputy information minister, Ahmad Zahid had denied the allegation and applied to the Kuala Lumpur High Court for the case to be thrown out. The application was dismissed by the same court on April 21, 2010.
He later filed a countersuit against the 41-year-old, claiming to have suffered humiliation and emotional trauma as a result of the accusation.
But last year, a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeal unanimously ruled against Zahid’s bid to strike out the assault suit and ordered the minister to pay RM5,000 in costs. It also ordered Zahid to respond to the action.
Suspend Zahid Hamidi till assault case cleared, PM told
KUALA LUMPUR, June 2 – Datuk Seri Najib Razak was today challenged to temporarily remove from his Cabinet Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi – who has been sued for assault – to prove he is serious about government reform.
Opposition lawmaker Gobind Singh Deo told the prime minister that it is “improper” to put a man who has been ordered to answer a civil suit for assault in charge of the powerful home ministry where his actions and conduct could invite conflict, which would reflect on his Barisan Nasional (BN) government.
“[Leading] the Home Ministry now, which is responsible for the police would to my mind, put Zahid in a position of conflict.
“The Home Ministry is one of the most powerful ministries, with significant influence over various bodies including the police and prisons,” the Puchong MP said, adding in his statement that its minister must be seen as one who is “above and beyond these agencies as he needs to maintain independence”.
“Will the Prime Minister remove him pending the outcome of the trial or will he resort to the same old indifferent attitude and silence proving yet again that he is incapable of the change he promises?” the DAP man asked.
SOME OF NAJIB’S CABINET ARE NOT MEMBERS OF EITHER HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT!
Under the federal constitution, the sequence is plain and clear: one must first be elected by the people or be appointed to the Senate before one can become a minister; and not the other way.
If these ministers and deputy ministers have been discharging the functions of their office since May 16, they have been acting unconstitutionally.
Their appointments cannot be backdated. Neither can their actions be ratified in future. Rather, they have to be appointed to the Senate first, and thereafter required to take their oath of office again before His Majesty.
COMMENT The first task that Najib Abdul Razak faced upon being sworn in as prime minister on May 6, 2013 after leading the BN to victory in the 13th general election, was to form the cabinet.
Constitutionally, the prime minister does not have a free hand in his choice of cabinet ministers. Article 43(2)(b) of the federal constitution provides that cabinet members shall be “members of either House of Parliament”.
It was therefore shocking to note the statement made by Paul Low on May 24 that he has not yet been sworn in as a senator. Yet he “purportedly” took the oath of office as a cabinet minister before the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on May 16.
Article 43(6) of the constitution reads: “Before a Minister exercises the functions of his office, he shall take and subscribe in the presence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong the oath of the office and allegiance and the oath of secrecy set out in the Sixth Schedule.”
The oath of office and allegiance that Low had to take under the Sixth Schedule of the constitution reads: “I, ……., having been appointed as a member of the Senate, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully discharge my duties as such to the best of my ability, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to Malaysia, and will preserve, protect and defend its constitution.”
One other cabinet minister (Abdul Wahid Omar) and three deputy ministers who have not been appointed senators also took their oath of office before His Majesty on May 16.
All these appointments are plainly and clearly unconstitutional.
If they uttered the words stated above in taking their oath of office before the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, they told an untruth because none of these five men had been appointed as a senator prior to becoming a minister or deputy minister.
Only a handful turn up for anti-Zahid rally
ZAHID MAKES HISTORY; HE IS THE FIRST IN NAJIB’S NEW CABINET TO HAVE A PROTEST AGAINST HIM
Today’s rally was organised by students groups Pro-Mahasiswa, Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia and Gerakan Mahasiswa PRU13.
They demanded the restoration of the police’s reputation and the resignation of Zahid, who took office on May 16.
A group of some 30 students took to the Home Ministry to demand the resignation of its minister, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, following a string of arrests of politicians and activists which they say is politically motivated.
Converging on the ministry’s main gate in Putrajaya under the scorching sun, the students took turns to make their case against the newly-minted home minister (left).
“We are called to make a stand following the arrests, beginning with Adam Adli (Abdul Halim).
“Even though there is a new Home minister, the Home Ministry continues to be partisan and as long as this continues, the police will not be independent,” said Pro-Mahasiswa representative Abdul Muqit Muhammad.
However, the star at the protest was Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia chief Mohammad Safwan Anang, who was released on bail today after being charged under the Sedition Act 1948 on Wednesday.
“The arrests are politically motivated as only selected people are prosecuted, it tarnishes the professionalism of the Home Ministry and the police force.
“Zahid must resign if he cannot solve this problem. He has abused his power by having the police to engage selective prosecution,” Safwan said.
Later, Safwan, together with Abdul Muqit (left), Persatuan Mahasiswa Islam UM president Mohammed Bukhairy Mohammed Sofian and Gabungan Mahasiswa Islam Se-Malaysia (Gamis) president Muhamad Azah Safar were allowed into the ministry to submit their memorandum.
Addressing the press after the group re-emerged from the Home Ministry some 15 minutes later, Safwan said the memorandum was received by the safety and public order division assistant secretary Abdul Hafiz.
PKR deputy president Azmin Ali today lambasted newly appointed Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for suggesting that those unhappy with the electoral system to migrate.
In a press release today, Azmin said that Ahmad Zahid’s statement had proved that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s so-called transformation plans were a “colossal sham”.
“Is this Najib’s way of showcasing his so-called ‘new transformation cabinet’?
“Well done, Zahid! By taking this high and mighty position as your first proclamation of ministerial power, you’ve shown both arrogance and stupidity.
“We have no problem or quarrel with the country as this is our land. It’s yours too but don’t talk like only you and Umno own it. All of us anak Malaysia own it and we are loyal to Agong and country,” said Azmin.Azmin said that the people of Malaysia have a constitutional right to express their disappointment and anger over an election that was not clean and fair.
“We’re not talking about electoral flaws here and there. We’re looking at systemic fraud committed on a massive scale.
Anger towards new home minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who had told those dissatisfied with the 13th general election to leave the country, is fuelling the crowds at the Black 505 rally in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.
Participant Karen Ngoo, 46 (top photo), when met at the 30,000-strong rally last night said Zahid’s comment did not make sense, as there were many allegations of foreigners being allegedly brought in to vote.
“He wants to drive away us Malaysians, but Bangladeshis are being brought in to the country.
“He should show us respect. The Bangladeshi phantom voters are the ones who need to be sent away,” she said.
Meanwhile another rally participant Dupa (left), 45, said his dissatisfaction with the way the general election was conducted has driven him to attend the Black 505 rallies in other regions such as Selangor and Johor Bahru, even though he lives in Bahau, Negeri Sembilan.
“If you ask me, yes, I am unhappy with the results of the general election. What with the allegations of fraud involving the Election Commission (EC), and (advance voting) by the security forces,” he said.
‘What else can we do?’
Henry Ng, 28, said the huge crowds at the Black 505 rallies prove that Pakatan Rakyat has truly “won the heats” of the people, even though the coalition failed to take over Putrajaya.
“I hope the government won’t tell us to go back to China,” he said chuckling, feeling in high spirits after having PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim sign his T-shirt.
His companion, Ariel Ng, 26, said they were unconvinced by the election results but had no other course of action, other than to attend the rallies as a sign of protest.
“The election results were unfair, but we have no choice. We don’t know what else we can do for now,” he said.
SOME DON’T WANT TO BE NAJIB’S MEN BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT JUST MA CAI, SO THEY REFUSE TO BE TREATED AS MINOR PLAYERS.
THEY ARE UNWILLING TO ACCEPT SCRAPS OFF THE TABLE!
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Headache for Najib; PRS rejects cabinet posts
PRS and SPDP remind Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak that the rural vote bank is with them and if not taken care of, ‘somebody will come by and withdraw it’.
KUCHING: Bitter Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) supreme council members today unanimously agreed to reject all ministerial posts in Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s cabinet.
This means that Joseph Entulu who was appointed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and Joseph Salang Gandum, a deputy minister, will not accept their posts.
A miffed Salang had in fact already earlier rejected the position.
Parti president James Masing said majority of the party’s supreme council members had agreed to reject Najib’s offer and felt that they were “sidelined” and “deserved to be treated better.”
PRS had delivered six parliamentary seats to Barisan Nasional’s 133 seat tally. They did better than some BN parties in peninsular who were suitably rewarded.
Without mincing his words Masing warned Najib not to toy with PRS and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) which had been totally ignored despite delivering four parliamentary seats.
“Don’t try to sideline us because we have the support of the rural people. It is not a warning.
“It is a fact, in case they don’t understand that we have six seats and four from Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP).
“PRS and SPDP which are rural-based parties are not properly treated by the present government.
“The rural areas in Sarawak are Barisan Nasional ‘fixed deposit’. If you don’t take care of it, somebody will come by and withdraw it,” warned Masing.
‘Give us appropriate portfolio’
Masing, who chaired the emergency supreme council meeting, said majority of the members felt that a ministerial post in the PM Department was inappropriate for PRS which was a rural based party.
“Joseph Entulu who was offered a post of Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department sought the advice of the meeting which agreed that the president would discuss with the Prime Minister where Entulu should be.
“All the members of the supreme council are not happy that Entulu is a mere Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.
“We want the Prime Minister to give us an appropriate portfolio, the one that could be of assistance to the rural people, portfolios such as Infrastructure and Agriculture,” he said.
He said the council felt the same way about Salang’s new position which was deputy minister of tourism.
“Such post is not of any assistance to the rural people. We just want a portfolio that is of assistance to the rural people, and not just any position” said Masing.
The Lowdown (disclosure) on Paul Low
Low resigned as a life member of the MCA in 2009, after his impartiality was questioned upon his appointment as head of the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) ad hoc committee to investigate the multi-billion ringgit PKFZ scandal involving former MCA president Dr Ling Liong Sik.
As the TI-M president, Low had voiced out on issues related to transparency, including questioning the tender process for the MRT project, and condemning Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud for saying that he won’t cooperate with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) investigation against his person
INTERVIEW The newly-appointed Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Paul Low has dismissed talk that his appointment was merely a public relations move to silence a “vocal critic”.
He said that while he was a vocal critic of the government as the Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) president, he feels that he should be more than a mere armchair critic.
“Put it this way: I believe that he (Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak) is trying his best to transform his government, and he has said in the past that he will look for the best talent. So I just respond…
He was asked if his new job was tantamount to a ‘critic buyout’. Previously, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has put pressure on him to deliver, otherwise, it would prove that Low is merely a ‘devotee’ to Najib.
“I believe that I shouldn’t just be an armchair critic. If I criticise an institution or agency, and it sincerely approaches me to help out, then it is my duty to respond,” he said.
Low was speaking in a live interview with KiniTV today, after which he was approached with further questions from Malaysiakini.
Some members of Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) are questioning the integrity of their president Paul Low, who has been appointed a minister in Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s new cabinet.
Koris Atan, a TI-M executive committee member, said members were unhappy that Low had signed the ‘Integrity Pledge’ with Najib without getting the approval of the organisation’s executive committee.
He said some questions were raised over Low’s conduct at the organisation’s annual general meeting in April. However, Low was re-elected as the president.
“Just because it involves the prime minister, Low cannot take the upper hand and do things as he wishes.
“Now that he has been appointed a minister, questions arise if this was part of the plan,” Koris (right), who is also president of the Penang Consumer Protection Association, told Malaysiakini.
“Of course, we are happy for him, and applaud him for being made a minister. But where is Low’s integrity?” he asked.
Low should have resigned his post in TI-M before accepting the ministerial, Koris said.
“TI-M is a watchdog for corrupt practices. With his integrity now in question, we wonder whether Low can do a good job as a minister,” he stressed.
“And we will certainly be watching him, too.”
New Malaysian home minister tells unhappy Malaysians to emigrate!
Someone, tell HIM to emigrate: he doesn’t belong.
In view of the subject-matter affecting all Malaysians, Lim Kit Siang invites lawmakers, including those from BN, to join him in co-sponsoring the motion against Zahid, by emailing to him their agreement at email@example.com. This is so that the motion may carry the most number of signatures of MPs in Malaysian parliamentary history.
While Khairy Jamaluddin may have said his cabinet colleague Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s statement was his personal view, DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang will urge the Parliament to censure the newly-appointed home minister.
Lim (right), in a statement, said it is not good enough for newly-minted youth and sports minister Khairy to evade the issue by saying the issue was a “personal opinion” and does not reflect the government’s stand.
“How does Khairy know that Ahmad Zahid’s disgraceful statement does not reflect the BN government’s position? Has Khairy been assured by the prime minister or the deputy prime minister that the new cabinet would repudiate Zahid for his statement with a formal announcement?” the veteran DAP leader asked.
“Will Khairy take the initiative at the cabinet meeting to propose that the cabinet should distance itself and repudiate Zahid’s statement?” he asked further.
Lim said one would expect that following the 13th general election results that show Najib Abdul Razak’s BN securing 48 percent of popular votes as compared to Anwar Ibrahim and Pakatan Rakyat’s 51 percent, one would expect the ministers to be humble, approachable and sensitive.
But alas, he said, we see Ahmad Zahid’s arrogance while being one of the senior ministers of Najib’s cabinet after the general election.
“Zahid deserves universal condemnation for his arrogant outburst, which is completely at variance with Najib’s signature ‘1Malaysia’ and ‘People First’ policy. I will move a motion when the new Parliament convenes probably in mid-June to censure Zahid for his arrogant and insufferable outburst, telling Malaysians not happy with the GE13 results to leave the country,” said Lim.
New Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s call to Malaysians unhappy with the 13th general election results to emigrate explains why the BN suffered its worst election results ever, says Gerakan.
It is “arrogant and disrespectful statements made by Umno leaders” like this that turned urban and non-Malay voters against the BN, Gerakan Youth secretary-general Dominic Lau (left) said today.
As such, the BN leader said, Zahid must retract his statement immediately and make a public apology to all Malaysians.
No one, including Zahid, had the right to tell any Malaysian to give up his or her citizenship, Lau added in a statement.
“As the government, it is (its) job to convince the dissenters why the general election results are legitimate, not by telling them to leave the country…
“Who are you to tell us to leave? This is in contrast to the 1Malaysia spirit preached by the prime minister. Also, where is the human rights spirit (that says) everyone is equal in this world?”
Lau’s views were echoed by DAP’s Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo, who challenged Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to declare whether he endorses Zahid’s views.
This is especially so since Najib has boasted that Malaysia is the world’s greatest democracy and that he is leading a transformation.
Sports and Youth Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has defended Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s call for critics of the 13th general election to leave the country as the latter’s personal opinion.
“It is his personal opinion. It does not reflect the government’s position,” said Khairy during a press conference at his ministry today.
The newly minted minister said Zahid’s statement should be seen in context of the whole article, that he said was trying to explain that the country’s electoral system that justifies BN forming government without a popular majority.
Zahid in a commentary piece published in Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia yesterday those not satisfied with the country’s electoral system should “migrate elsewhere”.
He was defending critics of the May 5 general election as being allegedly ridden in fraud, and the situation where BN formed government with a 48.22 percent of the popular vote.
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has stocked his cabinet with party stalwarts after the ruling coalition’s biggest ethnic Chinese partner said that it wouldn’t accept ministerial posts following its poor election showing.
Najib tapped Umno leaders for key positions before party polls later this year, and that will determine whether he stays on as prime minister.
He also gave posts to the heads of Malaysia’s biggest bank, a corruption watchdog and a Hindu rights group.
Two of the new line-up are Chinese, as compared with more than a dozen in the previous cabinet.
“The cabinet reflects a prime minister concerned about retaining the premiership and the presidency of Umno,” said Edmund Terence Gomez (right), a professor at Universiti Malaya in Kuala Lumpur.
“I don’t see any move in the direction to talk about reconciliation, transformation and inclusivity in this cabinet.”
MIC Youth are not exactly enthusiastic about Najib’s new mandore, Waythamoorthy. They feel that there are better choices. Sure, there are….but who would be Najib’s new puppet?
MIC Youth has expressed disappointment over the appointment of P Waythamoorthy as a deputy minister, instead of faithful partners of BN.
“By appointing the guy who tarnished the country’s image… (this) will weaken component parties like MIC and other Indian representatives in BN.
“The prime minister can even consider members from the Indian Progressive Front (IPF) – who have been loyal to BN for the last 25 years – for senior positions in the government.
“I strongly feel that there are many other better choices within BN than Waythamoorty,” said MIC Youth chief T Mohan (right) in a press release today.
MIC Youth: We’d rather have IPF than Waytha
The Transf0rmational Cabinet?
No, there is no transformation, no new ideas, no hope of winning the hearts and minds of those who voted against BN.
Just the same message: EMIGRATE, GET OUT, LEAVE, IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT!
And the message comes from the new Home Minister!
Should majority of Malaysians leave the country because we won the election? Rule of law=fair elections
New Malaysian home minister tells unhappy Malaysians to emigrate
PETALING JAYA – Malaysia’s newly-appointed Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has reportedly said that Malaysians who are unhappy with the country’s political system should leave the country, stressing that loyal citizens should respect the rule of law.
Malaysian news website fz.com reported on Thursday that in his first opinion piece printed in the Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia daily since receiving the portfolio on Wednesday, Mr Ahmad Zahid wrote that the illegal gatherings held across the country by opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition was a form of escapism and the denial of the fact that it failed to take control of Putrajaya.
New home minister tells unhappy Malaysians to emigrate
ALL NAJIB’s MEN AND WOMEN….
*For the complete line-up, go to the bottom of this Page.
There are eight Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department. It surelly means that he has them under his thumb.
WHAT SHALL WE MAKE OF THE APPOINTMENT OF PAUL LOW?
Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) president Paul Low’s appointment as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department was likely in response to Malaysians who had voted against graft on May 5.
“I would assume that he would be put in charge of overseeing the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and to curb corruption and cronyism.
“There two issues were paramount in voters’ minds at the time of election and for this reason it is a reflectionof the aspirations of the people to fight corruption,” Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute director Ramon Navaratnam said.
Contacted after the announcement of the cabinet line-up yesterday, Ramon, who had headed TI-M when Low (right) was vice-president of the group, said that the appointment, however, raises the bar for the new administration.
“People would now want to see results. There have been too many big sharks swimming happily. Let us see if action will be applied to some of them.
“Otherwise (the appointment) will be counter-productive and be more rhetorical,” he said when contacted.
Paul Low to be judged on results of graft fight, says DAP
KUALA LUMPUR, May 16 — The inclusion of Datuk Paul Low in the Cabinet will be judged on the Transparency-International Malaysia (TI-M) chairman’s achievements in eradicating “rampant corruption”, the DAP’s Tony Pua said today.
“We hope that the Najib administration isn’t just trying to have Datuk Paul Low’s impeccable credentials rub off on the former, without real and tangible reforms enforced,” said Pua in a statement, referring to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 08:55
Paul Low, just a ‘poster boy’ for Najib or will he be allowed to clear up corruption Written by Tony Pua
The appointment of Datuk Paul Low as a Minister in Prime Minister’s Department will be the barometer by which Datuk Seri Najib’s new 5 year reign as the premier will be judged.
The Cabinet line up provided many disappointments such as its bloated size, the inclusion of controversial characters with questionable repute….
However, Datuk Seri Najib Razak sprung his only surprise with the “bold” inclusion of Datuk Paul Low, who is the current Chairman of Transparency International, as a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.
This “bold” appointment, will in fact decide the fate of Datuk Seri Najib Razak in his second term as the Prime Minister because it will determine if his administration is willing to carry out the far-reaching reforms necessary to ensure a clean, transparent and competitive administration as advocated by Transparency International.
With Datuk Paul Low, we look to seeing an uncompromising stance in the Government’s fight against corruption and cronyism, to uphold the Transparency International’s Integrity Pledge which Najib has himself signed. The pledge demands that Najib’s administration will “observe the principles of truth, integrity, ethical conduct and accountability, including not accepting or giving bribes or being involved in any way in corrupt practices.”
Most importantly, beyond the expected minimum of just acting against corrupt and opaque practices, we look to Datuk Paul Low to raise the bar of transparency in the Malaysian government by requiring that all Ministers and Deputy Ministers publicly declare their assets as had been done in both Penang and Selangor state governments.
Pakatan Rakyat will provide the fullest support to Datuk Paul Low to implement all necessary measures to ensure a clean, transparent and competitive government. In fact Datuk Paul Low can afford to be the “bad cop” in the Najib administration because he will owe no political allegiance to any person or party.
However, we hope that the Najib administration isn’t just trying to have Datuk Paul Low’s impeccable credentials rub off on the former, without real and tangible reforms enforced. Without such measures by the Prime Minister, Datuk Paul Low will only become a lame duck Minsiter, and his reputation severely tarnished.
The eyes and hopes of all Malaysians will be on the performance of Datuk Paul Low to check the rampant corruption in government. We will not want to be disappointed.
Tony Pua is the DAP MP for PJ Utara
SOME THINGS YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT SOME OF THE NEW MINISTERS!
All are UMNO Warlords! Najib needs them to back him. The fight with Anwar Ibrahim isn’t over; and Najib has to consider the internal fight. He still has to watch his back: his Number 2 has a sharp kris!
1 The new Home Minister, the guy in charge of fighting crime, is Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the former defence minister, best known for trying to pin the Sulu invasion/terrorism/criminal activity on the Opposition and sanctioning the purchase of military hardware at astronomical prices.
2 Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin heads the newly merged Education and Higher Education Ministry (renamed Education & Higher Learning Ministry) with former MB of Terengganu Idris Jusoh joining him as the second minister.
3 Hishammuddin Hussein is moved to the Defence Ministry.
Umno’s ‘six million dollar man’ gets deputy minister post – http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/umnos-six-million-dollar-man-gets-deputy-minister-post/ …
Balanced, technocrat and young Cabinet line-up
Najib in announcing his line-up today likened it to being a “balanced” cabinet comprising the technocrats, those who are experienced, and those representing the younger generation.
“I believe those who are experienced will ensure continuity as ministers and deputy ministers, while those who are technocrats will contribute specific, creative ideas for the due consideration of the Cabinet, while the young ones can bring forward the aspirations of the younger generation for the consideration of the government.
“I believe this Cabinet will be capable to continue and to ensure the success of the transformational agenda and at the same time regain the trust of the people,” he said in a live address today.
Najib added that pertinent issues such as integrity and corruption will also be focused on by this Cabinet.
Waythamoorthy big winner with government appointment
UPDATED @ 07:59:00 PM 15-05-2013
KUALA LUMPUR, May 15 – MIC is now facing competition from Hindraf as the voice of the Indian community in the Cabinet, following the unexpected appointment of the Indian rights NGO’s chairman to the new Barisan Nasional (BN) administration.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today announced that Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf)’s P. Waythamoorthy (picture) would be a deputy minister in the prime minister’s department.
Waythamoorthy’s appointment appears to be reward for his role in returning support for BN from Indians.
MIC is a WINNER, too!
MIC took four positions in the government, with party president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel taking over as minister of natural resources and environment, having previously served as a minister in the prime minister’s department.
Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam, the deputy president of the BN component party, will be switching his portfolio as the human resources minister to become the new health minister, a post traditionally held by coalition partner MCA.
MIC vice-president Datuk M. Saravanan will become the deputy minister of youth and sport, leaving his previous post as the deputy minister of the federal territories and urban well-being.
P. Kamalanathan, the party’s Putera coordinator, will be taking up the post of Deputy Minister II in the ministry of education and higher learning, after the two ministries were merged for the 13th Cabinet.
In the recently-concluded Election 2013, MIC won four out of nine federal seats contested, which is one more than its three-seat victory in 2008 and the same number it had before polls.
MCA is the biggest loser in Najib’s new Cabinet
KUALA LUMPUR, May 15 – MCA is the biggest loser after Datuk Seri Najib Razak dished the ministerial portfolios – traditionally reserved for the ruling Chinese party – today to its allies in the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition while naming his new Cabinet for 2013.
The Health Ministry had been long-helmed by MCA lawmakers but the portfolio slipped out of the party’s hands and into MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel’s lap.
Likewise the Transport Ministry, another portfolio usually reserved for the BN Chinese component party, was given to Umno’s Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who was also appointed the new defence minister
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New cabinet list – who’s in and who’s out
Surprises emerged when Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak announced the cabinet list today.
PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak today unveiled a slew of fresh faces among old names in his new cabinet lineup, and among them were Hindraf chairman P Waythamoorthy and Transparency International Malaysia president Paul Low.
Waythamoorthy and Low were both made senators, with the Hindraf leader named deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, while Low is made a minister in the same department. Joining them as minister in the department is former Perlis Menteri Besar, Shahidan Kassim.
Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin now heads the newly merged Education and Higher Education Ministry (renamed Education & Higher Learning Ministry) with former MB of Terengganu Idris Jusoh joining him as the second minister.
Meanwhile, Hishammuddin Hussein is moved to the Defence Ministry while Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is now Home Minister, a swap between the two Umno vice presidents. Former Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar is appointed as Zahid’s deputy.
Other new faces in the cabinet include Rembau MP and Umno Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin, who is now Youth and Sports minister, and Kota Belud MP Abdul Rahman Dahlan who is now appointed Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government minister.
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Non-BN ministers and deputy ministers:
Idris Jala (Sarawakian, no party affiliation, retained)
Paul Low (Transparency International-Malaysia president, new)
Abdul Wahid Omar (Maybank chief executive officer, new)
P Waythamoorthy (disputed Hindraf chief, deputy minister)
Ministers in previous cabinet dropped:
(Excluding MCA and candidates who lost or did not contest GE13)
Shaziman Abu Mansor
Koh Tsu Koon, Minister in PM’s Department
Two women ministers out of 35 ministerial posts and four women deputy ministers out of 26 deputy ministerial posts. In total, six women out of 61 posts. In the last cabinet announced in June 2010, there were also two women ministers and three deputy ministers.
Party breakdown of ministers:
UMNO: 21 (same as last cabinet)
PBB: 4 (1)
MIC: 2 (2)
PBS : 1 (1)
PBRS: 1 (0)
PRS: 1 (0)
Upko: 1 (1)
SUPP: 1 (1)
Non-BN: 4 (1)
Total: 35 (31)
Party breakdown of deputy ministers:
Hindraf (NGO): 1
Chinese and Indian representatives:
Chinese: 2 (1 minister and 1 deputy minister; down from 6 ministers and 10 deputy ministers in last cabinet)
Indian: 6 (2 ministers and 4 deputy ministers; the same as in the previous cabinet)
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5 May 2013| last updated at 08:02PM
THE NEW CABINET LINE-UP
PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today announced the list of ministers and deputy ministers in his new Cabinet.
Datuk Seri Najib Razak (UMNO)
Deputy Prime Minister
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (UMNO)
Prime Minister’s Department:
1. Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom (UMNO)
2. Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar (Senator)
3. Datuk Seri Idris Jala (senator)
4. Joseph Kurup (PBRS)
5. Shahidan Kassim (UMNO)
6. Nancy Shukri (PBB)
7. Paul Low Seng Kwan (senator)
8. Joseph Entulu Belaun (PRS)
1. Datuk Razali Ibrahim (UMNO)
2. Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy (Senator)
Ministry of Finance
1. Minister of Finance 1: Datuk Seri Najib Razak (UMNO)
2. Minister of Finance 2: Datuk Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah (UMNO)
Deputy Minister of Finance
3. Datuk Ahmad Maslan (UMNO)
Ministry of Transport
1. Minister: (Acting – post being held open pending MCA decision) Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (UMNO)
2. Deputy Minister: Ab Aziz Kaprawi (UMNO)
Ministry of Defence
1. Minister: Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (UMNO)
2. Deputy Minister: Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri (UMNO)
Ministry of Home Affairs
1. Minister: Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (UMNO)
2. Deputy Minister: Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (PBB)
Ministry of Education & Higher Learning
1. Minister 1: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (UMNO)
2. Minister 2: Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh (UMNO
3. Deputy Minister 1: Mary Yap Kain Ching (PBS)
4. Deputy Minister 2: P. Kamalanathan (MIC)
Ministry of Works
1. Minister: Datuk Fadillah Yusof (PBB)
2. Deputy Minister: Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin (UMNO)
Ministry of International Trade & Industry
1. Minister: Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed (UMNO)
2. Deputy Minister: Hamim Samuri (UMNO)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1. Minister: Datuk Seri Anifah Aman (UMNO)
2. Deputy Minister: Hamzah Zainuddin
Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism
1. Minister: Datuk Hasan Malek (UMNO)
2. Deputy Minister: Datuk Ahmad Bashah Mohamad Hanipah (Senator)
Ministry of Communication & Multimedia
1. Minister: Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek (UMNO)
2. Deputy Minister: Datuk Jailani Johari (UMNO)
Ministry of Human Resources
1. Minister: Datuk Richard Riot Jaem (SUPP)
2. Deputy Minister: Ismail Abdul Muttalib (UMNO)
Ministry of Rural & Regional Development
1. Minister: Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal (UMNO)
2. Deputy Minister: Alexander Nanta Linggi (PBB)
Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing & Local Government
1. Minister: Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan (UMNO)
2. Deputy Minister: Datuk Halimah Mohamad Saddique (UMNO)
Ministry of Youth & Sport
1. Minister: Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar (UMNO)
2. Deputy Minister: M. Saravanan (MIC)
Ministry of Health
1. Minister: Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam (MIC)
2. Deputy Minister: Datuk Hilmi Yahaya (UMNO)
Ministry of the Federal Territories
1. Minister: Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor (UMNO)
2. Deputy Minister: J. Loga Bala Mohan (Senator)
The Ministry of Plantation Industries & Commodities
1. Minister: Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas (PBB)
2. Deputy Minister: Datuk Noriah Kasnon (UMNO)
Ministry of Energy, Green Technology & Water
1. Minister: Datuk Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili (PBS)
2. Deputy Minister: Datuk Mahdzir Khalid (UMNO)
Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry
1. Minister: Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (UMNO)
2. Deputy Minister: Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (UMNO)
Ministry of Tourism & Culture
1. Minister: Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz (UMNO)
2. Deputy Minister: Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum (PRS)
Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation
1. Minister: Ewon Ebin (UPKO)
2. Deputy Minister: Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah (UMNO)
Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment
1. Minister: Datuk Seri G. Palanivel (MIC)
2. Deputy Minister: Datuk Dr James Dawos Mamit (PBB)
Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development
1. Minister: Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim (PBB)
2. Deputy Minister: Datuk Azizah Mohamad Dun (UMNO)
Deputy Ministers: 27
Total ministries: 24
Senators reappointed: 1
New Senators: 5