Tuesday, November 23, 2010
On Monday 22nd November 2010, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak said reports of a cabinet reshuffle and snap polls, are only rumours.
The Premier dismissed reports of a Cabinet reshuffle in anticipation of snap polls early next year.
"Reports are reports. Rumours are rumours. Cabinet changes are rumours. Elections are also rumours. They are just rumours," he said after opening the a forum on global leaders in Kuala Lumpur.
It was reported that a Cabinet reshuffle was likely as Najib sets his sights on a general election next year.
The reports said the reshuffle, expected by next month, would enable Najib to form a strong team to help him implement the economic and transformation policies he has put in place and carry the Government into the 13th general election.
Rumours are circulating that the cabinet reshuffle will be announced by the Prime Minister on Wednesday, 24th November 2010.
The recent mini cabinet reshuffle was announced by Najib on 1st June 2010.
At that time, Datuk Ong Tee Keat was dropped as Transport Minister and replaced by Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha. Deputy Minister, Wee Jack Seng was also dropped.
On April 9th, 2009, 6 days after being sworn in as Malaysia's 6th Prime Minister on 3rd April 2009, Datuk Seri Najib announced a 28-member Cabinet with 25 ministries that saw eight ministers dropped and seven new faces appointed.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who won the Umno deputy presidency in the party elections on March 2009, was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister.
Najib, also retained the finance portfolio which he has held since Sept 19 2008, following the portfolio swap between him and former premier Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at that time.
Najib’s Cabinet was slightly smaller than his predecessor’s 32 ministers and 27 ministries.
Najib said that the new members of the administration were highly spirited and ready to serve.
“This is our lineup and our team which reflects Malaysia’s plural society,“ he said when announcing the list at the Prime Minister’s Department, carried live on national television.
The new Cabinet also a reflection of the slogan “One Malaysia. People First. Performance Now” adopted by Najib’s administration.
The eight dropped are Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar (Home), Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said (Tourism), Senator Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib (Rural and Regional Development), Senator Datuk Amirsham A. Aziz (Prime Minister’s Department), Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan (Housing and Local Government), Datuk Mohd Zin Mohamed (Works), Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique (Federal Territories) and Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad (Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs) who had resigned.
The new faces includes Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon who is appointed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Unity and Performance Management.
The functions of the Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development will be absorbed by other ministries -- for example, small and medium enterprise development will come under International Trade and Industry, while Mara and Tekun will be overseen by Rural and Regional Development.
However there was a mini cabinet reshuffle, announced by Najib on 1st June 2010, following the MCA elections which saw incumbent President Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, lost the MCA Presidency to Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek.
The mini cabinet reshuffle among others saw Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha appointed Transport Minister replacing Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat and Datuk Chor Chee Heung appointed Housing and Local Government Minister. The post was previously held by Kong.
Malaysian Federal Cabinet Ministers line-up announced by Datuk Seri Najib on April 9th, 2009 :
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 (replaced by Datuk Donald Lim effective 4th June 2010), Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussein
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
Deputies: Datuk Wee Ka Siong, Datuk Puad Zarkashi
Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat (replaced by Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha effective 4th June 2010)
Deputies: Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri, Datuk Robert Lau (died April 9th, 2010 of liver cancer) Jelaing anak Mersat appointed Deputy Transport Minister (effective 4th June 2010)
Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein
Deputies: Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop, Jelaing Mersat (replaced by Datuk Lee Chee Leong effective 4th June 2010)
Information, Communications, Arts and Culture
Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim
Deputies: Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum, Senator Heng Seai Kie (replaced by Senator Datuk Maglin Dennis D'Cruz, effective 4th June 2010)
Energy, Green Technology & Water
Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui
Deputy: Noriah Kasnon
Plantation Industries and Commodities
Tan Sri Bernard Dompok
Deputy: Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin and Datuk G. Palanivel (appointed 4th June 2010)
Rural and Regional Development
Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal
Deputies: Datuk Hassan Malek, Datuk Joseph Entulu
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 (replaced by YB Chua Tee Yong on 4th June 2010)
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 (replaced by Senator Gan Ping Sieu effective 4th June 2010)
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 (replaced by Datuk Chor Chee Heung effective 4th June 2010)
Deputy: Datuk Seri Panglima Lajim Ukin
Women, Family and Community Development
Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil
Deputy: Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun (replaced by Senator Heng Seai Kie effective 4th June 2010)
Datuk Anifah Aman
Deputies: Datuk Lee Chee Leong (replaced by YB Richard Riot, effective 4th June 2010), Senator A. Kohilan Pillai
Datuk Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin
Deputy: Datuk M. Saravanan
So.... who among them will be dropped in the new cabinet reshuffle??? And who will be appointed or promoted??? Only Najib knows...