PUTRAJAYA MAR 9. – The new Perikatan Nasional Cabinet that consists of more than 10 Barisan Nasional government former ministers and deputies indirectly shows that their services are still needed and contribution to the country has been recognised and appreciated.
The Perikatan Nasional was formed following the collapse of Pakatan Harapan (PH) government immediately after former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad resigned on 24th February 2020 after 22 months heading the government.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was blessed by His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong to be the eight Prime Minister on March 1when he had the majority support from other parties like UMNO, MIC, MCA, PAS and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to form a new government.
Today Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced the names of the Cabinet Ministers that he regards as functional and of high integrity apart from being experts in their fields that could bring Malaysia at a higher level.
Among the popular figures appointed from UMNO (BN) include Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein (Minister of Foreign Affairs), Khairy Jamaluddin (Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation), Dato’Sri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (Minister of Entrepeneurs’ Development and Cooperatives); Dato’ Sri Nancy Shukri, (Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture); Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique, (Minister of National Unity), Datuk Sri Reezal Merican Naina Merican (Minister of Youth and Sports); Datuk Dr. Noraini Ahmad .( Minister of Higher Education); Datuk Seri Annuar Musa,( Minister of Federal Territories ); Datuk Seri Saravanan a/l Murugan-MIC (Minister of Human Resource), Datuk Seri Ir. Dr.Wee Ka Siong, -MCA (Minister of Transport); Datuk Dr. Shamsul Anuar Nasarah-UMNO (Minister of Energy and Natural Resources).
Two of the senior ministers under Muhyiddin’s premiership are also former BN ministers. They are Dato’Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob as Minister of Defence and Dato’Sri Fadillah Yusof as Minister of Works.
The appointment of Dato’Sri Dr. Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department for Religious Affairs (to be appointed as a Senator) is the right move as he was the former Federal Territories Mufti with a great depth of experience in handling Islamic issues.
In his speech Muhyiddin also stressed that he will form a Cabinet that will be more focused, effective, efficient, caring the people, transparent with integrity and with a more stable structure.
The new Cabinet even though did not have 30 percent women’s representation but at least four ministries are headed by them. They are Datuk Dr.Noraini Ahmad as the Minister of Higher Education; Datuk Seri Rina Mohd,Harun as Minister of Women and Family; Zuraida Kamaruddin as Minister of Housing and Local Government and Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique as Minister of National Unity.
As we have noticed the Cabinet line-up especially those from the BN, are mostly former ministers and deputy ministers. They have been in the government for some time and they came up through “rank and file”.
They joined as ordinary members of a political party and appointed to be “leaders” in many party’s functions and after having much experience then they were absorbed to be deputies and finally full ministers.
Most Malaysians now feel more comfortable to have experienced and matured politicians being appointed as ministers in the new government. –Malaysia World News