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SINGAPORE – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong today announced Singapore’s new Cabinet line-up for the 13th Parliament which sees leadership changes in most of the ministries.
Headed by Lee, the new Cabinet comprise 20 Ministers, which sees the introduction of three Coordinating Ministers namely Teo Chee Hean and Tharman Shanmugaratnam, both of whom will remain as Deputy Prime Ministers and Khaw Boon Wan, who will concurrently be the Transport Minister.
Teo who will relinquish his post as the home minister will be Coordinating Minister for National Security, Tharman (Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies) and Khaw (Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure).
This Cabinet line-up was announced following the recent General Election on Sept 11 where the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) scored a landslide victory garnering almost 70 per cent of the popular votes.
The Ministry of Education and Ministry of Trade and Industry will now have two full ministers to look into separate aspects within the ministry.
The new Cabinet also saw several new faces, including former defence force chief Ng Chee Meng who will be Acting Education Minister in charge of school matters, ranging from pre-school education, special education and primary, secondary and junior college levels.
Ong Ye Kung is Acting Education Minister in charge of matters to do with higher education and skills, overseeing the Institute of Technical Education, polytechnics, private education institutes as well as upgrading and workforce training.
For Trade and Industry, Lim Hng Kiang will be Minister (Trade), S Iswaran – Minister (Industry) Dr Koh Poh Koon – Minister of State from Jan 1, 2016.
Among ministers who changed portfolios include Dr Vivian Balakrishnan (Foreign Affairs), K Shanmugam (Home Affairs), Heng Swee Keat (Finance), Lawrence Wong (National Development) and Masagos Zulkifli (Environment and Water Resources).
The swearing-in ceremony of the new Cabinet will take place on Oct 1, 2015 at the Istana. – BERNAMA
PETALING JAYA: It is a Cabinet of ‘All the President’s Men’ where Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak can now move forward without looking back in fear of being stab.
The reshuffle reflected Najib’s seriousness in wanting a strong and united team who can ‘toe the line’ and remain united in times of ups and downs for the country to move forward politically which in turn improve the economy and social status of the nation.
Strengthening and building a strong team in the Cabinet seems to be the only way Najib saw as a means to move forward in today’s challenging times.
Najib’s action is considered as courageous as it was done at a time when confidence and trust is running low among the public towards him and the government following the 1MDB issue which is now under investigation.
He may face a backlash from his own party members who are supporters of those dropped – Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who is the deputy president and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal who is a vice-president – both having great influence among grassroot members.
However, despite being described as soft, Najib is willing to face any tribulations from his action with the objective of having a strong and united team in the Cabinet.
It was said that it took some time for him to initiate the changes given his nature of reconciliation and moderate attitude as well as trusting to anyone.
Najib had given a free hand to all his Cabinet ministers to deal with issues and with members of the public so long as they were done accordingly following the decorum and procedures.
According to many who know the Prime Minister who is Umno president, Najib is a man who accepts criticism and willing to debate issues but as ministers and Umno leaders, he would prefer this be done in closed doors and within the four walls.
They said Najib did not discuss the reshuffle with anyone until the last minute – Monday night – where the only minister he called was Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
It was said that he told Zahid he would want him to replace Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin which shocked Zahid but he went along with the idea after Najib explained in length the reasons.
Najib had personally spoken to Muhyiddin earlier, on the reshuffle where the latter would be dropped, which the former also did to Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, Datuk Seri G. Palanivel as well as Datuk Seri Hassan Malek.
It is not known what were the reasons given to each of the minister over the move but sources said they all accepted the decision with open hearts given the fact that Cabinet appointment is the sole prerogative of the Prime Minister.
But the fact is clear that Najib needs team players who not only support him in these trying times but also contribute in strengthening unity particularly in Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) administration on the whole.
Having cabinet members who are also party leaders who are not in-sync is like inviting more trouble instead of helping to solve problems.
What Najib had just done is just simple a move that will see a united and strong Cabinet that will be with him in riding over rough waves and rocky waters to ensure the ship does not collapse.
Below is the full list of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s new cabinet line up:
Prime Minister and Finance Minister: Najib Abdul Razak
Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister: Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
Finance Minister II: Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah
Transport Minister: Liow Tiong Lai
Tourism and Culture Minister: Nazri Abdul Aziz
Defence Minister: Hishammuddin Hussein
International Trade And Industries Minister: Mustapa Mohamed
International Trade And Industries Minister II: Ong Ka Chuan
Energy, Green Technology And Water Minister: Maximus Johnity Ongkili
Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister: Amar Douglas Uggah Embas
Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries Minister: Ahmad Shabery Cheek
Rural and Regional Development Minister: Ismail Sabri Yaakob
Foreign Minister: Anifah Aman
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister: Wilfred Madius Tangau
Women and Family Development Minister: Rohani Abdul Karim
Works Minister: Fadillah Yusof
Human Resource Minister: Richard Riot Anak Jaem
Federal Territories Minister: Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor
Higher Education Minister: Idris Jusoh
Youth and Sports Minister: Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar
Housing and Local Government Minister: Abdul Rahman Dahlan
Domestic Trade, Cooperations and Consumerism Minister: Hamzah Zainudin
Natural Resources and Environment Minister: Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar
Education Minister: Mahdzir Khalid
Communications and Multimedia Minister: Mohd Salleh Said Keruak
Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department:
Mah Siew Keong
Azalina Othman Said
Abdul Wahid Omar
Wee Ka Siong
Paul Low Seng Kuan
Joseph Entulu Anak Belaun
Panglima Joseph Kurup
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department: Razali Ibrahim
Deputy Finance Minister: Chua Tee Yong
Deputy Finance Minister: Johari Abdul Ghani
Deputy Home Minister: Nur Jazlan Mohamed
Deputy Home Minister: Masir anak Kujat
Deputy Tourism and Culture Minister: Ermieyati Samsudin
Deputy Defence Minister: Johari Baharum
Deputy International Trade and Industries Minister: Ahmad Maselan
Deputy International Trade and Industries Minister: Lee Chee Leong
Deputy Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister: James Dawot Mamit
Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister: Noriah Kasnon
Deputy Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries Minister: Tajuddin Abdul Rahman
Deputy Rural and Regional Development Minister: Alexander Nanta Linggi
Deputy Rural and Regional Development Minister: Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub
Deputy Foreign Minister: Reezal Merican Naina Merican
Deputy Women and Family Development Minister: Azizah Panglima Muhd Dun
Deputy Women and Family Development Minister: Chew Mei Fun
Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister: Abu Bakar Mohd Diah
Deputy Works Minister: Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin
Deputy Human Resource Minister: Ismail Abd Muttalib
Deputy Federal Territories Minister: Loga Bala Mohan Jaganathan
Deputy Higher Education Minister: Mary Yap Kain Ching
Deputy Youth and Sports Minister: M Saravanan
Deputy Housing and Local Government: Halimah Mohd Sadique
Deputy Domestic Trade, Cooperations and Consumerism Minister: Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah
Deputy Natural Resources and Environment Minister: Hamim Samuri
Deputy Education Minister: P Kamalanathan
Deputy Education Minister: Chong Sin Woon
Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister: Jailani Johari
PUTRAJAYA: The following is the list of new ministerial appointments:
1. Science, Technology and Innovation Minister – Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau
2. Domestic Trade Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister – Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin
3. Natural Resources and Environmental Minister – Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar
4. Education Minister – Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid
5. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department – Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said
6. International Trade and Industry Minister II – Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan
7. Communication and Multimedia Minister – Datuk Seri Mohd Salleh Keruak
Ministers with new portfolio
1. Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister – Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek (Former Communications and Multimedia Minister)
2. Higher Education Minister – Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh (Former Education Minister II)
3. The Rural and Regional Development Ministry – Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (Former Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister)
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has announced a Cabinet reshuffle that sees Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi appointed Deputy Prime Minister, as well as nine new ministers and deputy ministers.
Speaking at a press conference in Putrajaya, which was telecast live on TV, Najib said the new line-up will strengthen the Cabinet to face challenges in managing the country before the 14th general election.
He said the decision to replace Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin with Zahid, as well as appointment of new ministers and changes in portfolio were taken after taking into account political considerations and administrative needs.
Najib said the Cabinet must act as a united team in whatever situation, and stay focused on the national agenda in the face of various issues that arise.
“I can accept differences in opinion and criticisms as part of the decision-making process, but these differences in opinion should not be in an open forum that can affect the government negatively,” he said.
Najib said the decision to replace Muhyiddin is very difficult but necessary for the Cabinet to move as a united team. He also expressed gratitude to Muhyiddin and the ministers and deputy ministers who are no longer in the Cabinet, for their contribution to the country.
Highlights of the new Cabinet line-up, which takes effect July 29 2015, include:
Prime Minister and Finance Minister – Datuk Seri Najib Razak
Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister – Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
Communications and Multimedia Minister – Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak
Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister – Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin
Transport Minister – Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai Health Minister – Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam
Foreign Affairs Minister – Datuk Seri Anifah Aman
Agriculture and Agro-base Industry Minister – Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek
TO BE UPDATED
PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is expected to announce a reshuffle to the Cabinet on Tuesday, after weeks of speculation that he will be making certain changes to his Ministerial line up.
The Prime Minister is expected to make the much-anticipated announcement via a press conference at 3pm on Tuesday.
It is understood that Najib had an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah on Tuesday at 10am but his office was tight-lipped when asked about the meeting.
The Prime Minister had also met with the King on Monday.
The last time adjustments were made to the Cabinet post 2013 general election was in June 2014 when MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, his deputy Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong and Gerakan president Datuk Mah Siew Keong were made ministers.
PUTRAJAYA: Cabinet members are putting no pressure on the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to step down, amidst allegations that 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) funds were transferred to his personal account.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the cabinet is “united” in the view that the law should be allowed to take due process before making further comments.
“The cabinet meeting today had a discussion about current issues.
“The Prime Minister explained to us that he is still considering legal action against the Wall Street Journal. As you all know, his lawyers have sent a pre-demand letter.
“A task force, consisting of the Attorney-General, the police and the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) is still investigating the matter.
“Until the taskforce comes up with the results of the investigation, it is still too premature to comment,” said Khairy, after the handing over ceremony of the third Perdana Fellowship Programme at the Prime Minister’s Office here on Wednesday.
Khairy also confirmed that the cabinet discussed the declining ringgit value, but did not elaborate further.
Najib, who launched the ceremony, left immediately after the event and did not take questions from the press.-The Star
KUALA LUMPUR – Social media reports claiming that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak bullied cabinet ministers in connection with the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issue were not true, said Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah.
“It is like this, 1MDB is owned by the Ministry of Finance, so we have to be responsible for it, which is to bring to the cabinet for endorsement on what will be done by 1MDB.
“The issue of bullying, does not arise,” he said.
Ahmad Husni said this when interviewed in a special RTM dialogue programme titled 1MDB: Where is the money?
The one-hour programme telecast over TV1 from 9.05 pm, hosted by Shuhaimi Mohamed and Sayed Munawar Sayed Mustar, discussed in depth on 1MDB investments and the government’s plan in settling the company’s debt.
Earlier, the media reported allegations concerning a statement made by Najib urging cabinet ministers who still failed to understand 1MDB investment issues, though a consensus has been reached, to resign.
PETALING JAYA: The Prime Minister and his Cabinet will be given first-hand and latest information on the controversial 1Malaysia Development Bhd where a special paper has been prepared to brief the ministers on its current status.
The presentation will be made by Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah at the weekly meeting today.
It is learnt that the paper will provide information on the company’s debt status.
Sources told The Star that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and the Cabinet would also be informed on how 1MDB “plan to move forward” following the controversy.
“The way forward is an important element which the company must address.
“True, we need information on their financial status but how 1MDB is going to move on, meet its target and be committed to the smooth and efficient running of the company is equally crucial,” said a source.
1MDB officers are expected to be on standby to answer further queries from the ministers.
Sources pointed out the fact that a special paper had been prepared to further brief the Cabinet on the issue reflected Najib’s commitment to resolve the issue.
“This is a good signal. Let’s hope that once the air is cleared, the administration can truly focus on running the country, especially in executing what has been planned under the 11th Malaysia Plan,” a source said.
Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been criticising Najib on a number of issues including on 1MDB.
On March 4, the company and its auditors Deloitte were called to brief the Cabinet about its situation and responded to questions from the ministers, including from the Prime Minister and his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Pledging that 1MDB would face legal repercussions if there was any wrongdoing, Najib directed the Auditor-General to verify its accounts and forward the findings to the Public Accounts Committee.
The PAC has begun its own probe on May 19 when two senior officials – Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Irwan Serigar Abdullah, also an advisory board member of the government-linked investment arm, and Economic Planning Unit director-general Datuk Seri Dr Rahmat Bivi Abdullah – appeared before it.
1MDB president and group executive director Arul Kanda Kandasamy and its former CEO Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi were supposed to meet the PAC on Tuesday but both requested for another 30 days to prepare.
Two of the three 11MDB auditors – KPMG and Erns & Young – have been summoned by the PAC to appear on June 10 and 17.-The Star
ALOR SETAR: The Cabinet will be presented with a working paper on the study of electricity tariff for both domestic and industry usage in view of the lower petrol prices.
Deputy Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said a meeting had been called by his ministry, which was attended by the Energy Commission and Tenaga Nasional Berhad representatives.
“We are studying the details from all angles and aspects on the electricity tariff.
“The result from the study will be presented to the Cabinet as soon as possible for their consideration.
“We will analyse further the exact amount of the cost pass-through,” he told a press conference after launching the SMK Pokok Sena golden jubilee celebration near here on Thursday.
The Padang Terap MP, however, declined to reveal if there would be a lower electricity tariff, saying that he would leave the announcement to the Cabinet.-The Star
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