Updated 6.55pm on 9 April 2009
Najib announces new cabinet line-up today (Pic courtesy of theSun)
PUTRAJAYA, 9 April 2009: Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Najib Razak unveiled his new cabinet today, which he said was a leaner, more dynamic team to help him achieve his concept of “One Malaysia. People First. Performance now.“.
The cabinet now comprises 28 ministers in 25 ministries and 40 deputy ministers, compared with the cabinet under Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s administration, which had 31 ministers in 27 ministries.
As expected, Najib retained the powerful Finance Ministry portfolio, while Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was made the deputy prime minister.
Muhyiddin, the former international trade and industry minister, was also made education minister.
Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin was conspicuously left out of the cabinet, while his contender for the Youth chief post, Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, was made deputy international trade and industry minister. Khairy’s deputy in Umno Youth, Datuk Razali Ibrahim, was also appointed a deputy minister, in the youth and sports ministry.
Najib, in a 3pm announcement at his office, said his cabinet would be in the forefront of serving the people and being responsive to their needs. He also emphasised the importance of leadership based on performance.
To this end, he introduced a key performance indicator (KPI) for the ministries, adding that he would be personally involved in assessing the performance of all his ministers every six months.
Najib said the duty of monitoring the ministries’ KPI would fall to Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, who was named minister in the prime minister’s department in charge of performance management and unity.
Three others were also named ministers in the PM’s department. They were Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz (in charge of law and Parliament), Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop (Economic Planning Unit), and Mej-Jen (B) Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom (Islamic affairs).
Najib announcing the new line-up, flanked by Muhyiddin (left) and chief secretary to the government
Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan
The three newly elected Umno vice-presidents were, as predicted, also given ministerships. Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was made the new defence minister; Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein home minister, and Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal rural and regional development minister.
Datuk Mustapa Mohamed, who won the most votes in the recent Umno polls for the supreme council, was made international trade and industry minister.
Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, who recently won the post of Umno Wanita chief, reprised her position as women, family and community development minister. Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, who held that portfolio under the previous administration, was made tourism minister instead.
Two ministries have been done away with and their responsibilities absorbed into other ministries.
Najib, who was flanked by Muhyiddin and chief secretary to the government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hasan, also announced the formation of a new ministry known as the energy, green technology and water ministry. The ministry is headed by Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui.
Dropped and retained
Those dropped from the cabinet were Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar (Home), Datuk Seri Azalina Othman (Tourism), Tan Sri Amirsham A Aziz (Minister in the PM’s Department), Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan (Housing and Local Government), Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib (Rural and Regional Development), Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Mohamed (Works), and Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique (Federal Territories).
Datuk Shahrir Samad, who was the domestic trade and consumer affairs minister, had earlier resigned from the cabinet after losing his supreme council position in the recent Umno polls.
Najib retained several ministers who had lost in the Umno elections, namely Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, who is now the information communication, arts and culture minister, and Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Khaled Nordin, who keeps his post.
Datuk Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah, who was deputy finance minister in the previous cabinet, has been promoted to finance minister II. Others among the seven new faces in the cabinet include Datuk Anifah Aman, who is now the foreign minister, and Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, who is federal territories minister.
In terms of women representation, there is no change from before, with only two in the cabinet. But there’s been an increase in the number of women deputy ministers, which now stands at eight. It was five in the previous administration.
After announcing the new cabinet line-up, Najib pointedly refused to take questions from the waiting media, unlike his predecessors Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who held a press conference after announcing their cabinet.
Instead, Najib quickly left the room, leaving the media scrambling to get a hold of the list of ministers.
The new ministers and deputy ministers will take their oath of office at Istana Negara at 9.30am tomorrow.
|PORTFOLIO||MINISTER / Deputy|| PARTY
|Prime Minister||Datuk Seri Najib Razak||Umno|
|Deputy Prime Minister||Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin||Umno|
||Datuk Seri Najib Razak|
|Finance Minister II||Datuk Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah||Umno|
|Datuk Chor Chee Heung
Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin
|Prime Minister’s Dept||Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon (Unity and Performance Management)
|Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz
(Legal and Parliamentary Affairs)
|Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop
(Economic Planning Unit)
|Mej-Jen (B) Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom
(Islamic Religious Affairs)
|Datuk Liew Vui Keong
Datuk Dr Mashitah Ibrahim
Datuk SK Devamany
|Education||Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
|Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong
Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi
|Transport||Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat
|Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri
Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew
|Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili
||Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS)|
|Defence||Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
|Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad
|Home||Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein
|Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop
Jelaing anak Mersat
|Rural and Regional Development
||Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal
| Datuk Hassan Malek
Datuk Joseph Entulu anak
|Housing and Local Government
||Datuk Kong Cho Ha
|Datuk Lajim Ukin
|Tan Sri Bernard Dompok
|Datuk Hamzah Zainudin
||Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai
|Datuk Rosnah Rashid Shirlin
||Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen
|Datuk Seri Sulaiman Abdul
Rahman Abdul Taib
||Datuk Dr S Subramaniam
|Datuk Maznah Mazlan
|Natural Resources and Environment||Datuk Douglas Unggah Embas
|Tan Sri Joseph Kurup
|Datuk Mustapa Mohamed
|Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir
Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan
|Women, Family and Community Development
||Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil
|Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun
||Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin
|Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung
Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah
|Information Communication, Arts and Culture
||Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim
|Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum
Senator Heng Seai Kie
|Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry
||Datuk Noh Omar
|Datuk Johari Baharum
Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim
|Works||Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor
|Datuk Yong Khoon Seng
|Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs
||Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob
|Datuk Tan Lian Hoe
|Youth and Sports
||Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek||Umno|
|Datuk Razali Ibrahim
Wee Jeck Seng
||Datuk Anifah Aman||Umno|
|A Kohilan Pillay
Datuk Lee Chee Leong
||Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin||Umno|
|Datuk M Saravanan