18 Mar 2008
PUTRAJAYA, Tues: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will remain as Finance Minister while Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop has been retained as Second Finance Minister under the new Cabinet line-up.
Former Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has been appointed Minister Of International Trade And Industry, replacing Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz, who has been dropped from the Cabinet.
Rafidah is believed to be the world’s longest-serving trade minister.
Datuk Husni Hanadzlah and Datuk Kong Cho Ha were appointed Deputy Finance Ministers.
Husni was formerly Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry while Kong was formerly Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation. As for MITI, the deputy ministers are Liew Vui Keong and Jacob Dungau.
Abdullah also announced the appointment of Maybank group president and chief executive officer Datuk Amirsham A. Aziz as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department heading the Economic Planning Unit.
Amirsham, who recently announced his retirement from the country’s largest banking group effective June this year, will replace Datuk Seri Effendi Nawawi. -BERNAMA