Malaysian Cabinet Ministers (The Sun)

(source: http://sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=21105 )

Leaner govt, Cabinet surprises
Cabinet surprises | Shahrizat is special adviser to PM with ministerial status
Husna Yusop and Llew-Ann Phang

PUTRAJAYA (March 18, 2008): Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today unveiled a cabinet line-up that yielded some surprises, the biggest of which was the dropping of long-serving International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz, who is Wanita Umno chief.

He refused to say why Rafidah was dropped, saying: “I believe she should also make way for new people.”

Other highlights of his announcement:

> Size of his administration reduced from 90 to 68, half of them new faces
> Post of parliamentary secretary scrapped
> Number of cabinet ministers unchanged at 32
> Home and Internal Securities Ministries merged and renamed Home Ministry

> EIght ministers who won in March 8 polls dropped. They are:
* Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz
* Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Radzi Sheikh Ahmad (formerly Home)
* Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid (formerly Natural Resources and Environment)
* Tengku Adnan Mansor (formerly Tourism)
* Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis (formerly Science, Technology and Innovation)
* MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting (on his request)
* Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn (formerly Human Resources)
* Datuk Dr Abdullah Md Zin (formerly Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department)

> IN:
*Lawyer Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, who was dropped as election candidate, appointed Minister in PM’s Department, in charge of judicial reform
* Former Maybank CEO Datuk Amirsham A. Aziz made Minister in PM’s Department, in charge of Economic Planning Unit
* Johor Baru MP Datuk Shahrir Samad, who had quit as Backbenchers Club chairman after supporting an opposition motion

Cabinet surprises
PUTRAJAYA (March 18, 2008):
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today sprung a few surprises in his cabinet line-up, dropping long-serving minister and Umno Wanita chief Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz and bringing in lawyer Datuk Zaid Ibrahim to steer the process of judicial reform.

Other surprise inclusions were that of outspoken Johor Baru MP Datuk Shahrir Samad, who last served as a minister in 1986 and quit as Backbenchers Club chairman two years ago after supporting an opposition motion in parliament over the Close-One-Eye MP issue, and former Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib, who was not fielded in the election.

Aside from Rafidah, another seven incumbent ministers who had won the March 8 polls were dropped from the list.

They are Datuk Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis, Datuk Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid, Datuk Seri Radzi Sheikh Ahmad and Datuk Dr Abdullah Md Zin.

MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting and vice-president Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn are also out. Ong had said he would not hold any posts in the new cabinet because of the party’s poor performance in the polls while Fong has been rendered ineligible due to the party constitution.

In a packed press conference today, Abdullah said his administration now has 68 members instead of 90 (ministers, deputy ministers and parlilamentary secretaries), with half of them being new faces.

The prime minister has scrapped the post of parliamentary secretary, forcing ministers and deputy ministers to answer questions in Parliament. There were 20 parliamentary secretaries in the last administration.

He also reduced the number of ministries from 27 to 26 by merging Home and Internal Security Ministries as Home Ministry – back to the same situation four years back – as he said there have been some overlapping jurisdictions.

The 32-minister line-up which had received the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong earlier today, saw 16 new names, including seven fresh ones and nine promotions.

Said Abdullah: “The new cabinet reflects the power-sharing and consensus spirit within Barisan Nasional (BN). And I am confident this line-up is capable of implementing the government’s agenda properly and effectively.”

In his press conference, Abdullah spoke on why he included Zaid and former Maybank chief executive officer Datuk Amirsham A. Aziz, as ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department.

Zaid, the former Kota Baru MP, was convicted of political corruption in 2006 and suspended for 18 months after refusing to apologise to the party disciplinary board. However, he had in recent years spoken out strongly on human rights and judicial reform matters, endearing him to non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

“Zaid will be responsible for legal matters and will be tasked to come out with suggestions on changes and judicial reforms while Amirsham will be heading the Economic Planning Unit,” he said.

Abdullah assured that his Cabinet line-up is clean based on the records of the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) and police.

However, a reporter asked him about the status of his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak who had received the strongest attacks by the opposition, especially during the election campaign.

“There has been no evidence whatsoever to prove that Najib was involved in any corrupt practices. Even Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim faced a lot of allegations and accusations. But what is important is there is no evidence of anything. People can talk about boxes of evidence but (in actual fact) there is none. I have the latest information from the ACA and police with regards to the various candidates,” he added.

Asked to comment on the possibility of Umno members calling for a vote of no-confidence against him in the coming annual general assembly, Abdullah said: “As far as I’m concerned, I’m here. I have been given a strong mandate, short of winning a two-thirds majority. I’m not one who will shirk my responsibility or turn away from the many who have supported and given me their votes. I also have the support of Umno and BN leadership.”

On dropping of incumbent ministers:
“I have made my decision and I don’t have to explain it. It is the prerogative of the PM.”

On not appointing Rafidah:
“I don’t have to discuss this. I believe she should also make way for new people.”

On the appointment of non-MPs (who did not take part in the election):
“I need them in my cabinet, hence the senatorship. They are not those who have been defeated in the election. I believe they can do their job.”

On the new faces:
“I am confident they will represent the people effectively and bring benefits to the country’s administration.”

On his expectation from the new cabinet:
“My expectation is they will perform better than before. They are capable of fulfilling the agenda. This cabinet will emphasise on vigorous implementation of projects and policies.”

On Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s call for an emergency general meeting (EGM) on May 11 to discuss Umno’s poor performance in the election:
“We will follow the normal procedure and see whether there are any such request from Umno members. At the moment we do not have any plans to hold EGMs.”

On his relationship with Najib:
“I have the best of relationship with Najib. Why are you asking me this? People make accusations concerning many people.”

On why Najib was not around during the press conference:
“He is not the DPM yet! He will be the DPM only tomorrow, after the swearing in. You want to read into so many things!”

Shahrizat is special adviser to PM with ministerial status
PETALING JAYA (March 18, 2008): Former Woman, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil has been appointed Special Adviser to the Prime Minister with miniterial status effective tomorrow.

She will be in charge of women and social development affairs and is expected to work closely with the Woman, Family and Community Development Ministry which is now headed by Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen.

The appointment was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in a media statement released this evening, six hours after he announced the new cabinet line-up in Putrajaya.

At the moment, Abdullah has two special advisers, Tan Sri Dr Abdul Hamid Othman for religious affairs and Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Mohamad for foreign affairs.

CABINET LINE-UP 2008

PRIME MINISTER’S DEPARTMENT
Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Prime Minister (since Oct 31, 2003)
Former Finance Minister and Internal Security Minister
Education background: B.A.(Hons) in Islamic studies (UM)
Political background: Umno President

Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak
Deputy Prime Minister (since Jan 7, 2004)
Education background: B.A. (Hons) Industrial Economic (Nottingham University, UK)
Political background: Umno Deputy President

Tan Sri Bernard Giluk Dompok
(Incumbent)
Education background: BSc. (Land Admin (UK) FISM, University of East London, UK)
Political background: United Pasokmomogun Kadazan Dusun Murut Organisation (UPKO) President

Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz
(Incumbent)
Political background: Umno Supreme Council member

Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
Fomer Deputy Information Minister I
Political background: Umno Supreme Council member

Datuk Mohd Zaid Ibrahim
(New face)
Background: Senior partner in his own law firm Zaid Ibrahim & Co
Political background: Umno member and former Kota Baru MP

Datuk Amirsham A. Aziz
(New face)
Background: Former Maybank President and CEO
Education background: Bachelor of Economics (Honours) (UM)

DEPUTY MINISTERS IN PRIME MINISTER’S DEPARTMENT
Datuk Mohd Johari Baharum
Datuk Dr Mashitah Ibrahim
S.K Devamany*
Datuk Hasan Malek*

FINANCE MINISTER
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
(Minister incumbent)

Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop
(Second Minister Incumbent)
Education background: B.A (Hons) Economics (UM), MBA (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium).
Background: Served Bank Negara Malaysia (1968 – 1994), and again (1998 – 2000), Appointed as Finance Minister II in 2004, after four years of serving as the Prime Minister’s Special Advisor.

DEPUTY FINANCE MINISTERS
Datuk Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah
Datuk Kong Cho Ha

DEFENCE MINISTER
Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak
(Incumbent minister)

DEPUTY DEFENCE MINISTER
Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop

HOME MINISTER
Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Syed Jaafar Albar
Former Foreign Affairs Minister
Cabinet service: Minister of Justice (1990), Defence (1995), Foreign Affairs (1999)
Education background: Barrister-At-Law degree (Middle Temple, UK)
Political background: Umno Supreme Council member.

DEPUTY HOME MINISTERS
Datuk Chor Chee Heung
Sen. Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh*

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND INDUSTRY MINISTER
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin
Former Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries Minister
Cabinet service since 1995 (Youth and Sports Minister and Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister)
Education background: Economics graduate (UM)
Political background: Johor Menteri Besar (1986-1995), Umno Vice-President (1993 – 1996) (2000 – 2008)

DEPUTY INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND INDUSTRY MINISTERS
Datuk Liew Vui Keong*
Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan*

EDUCATION MINISTER
Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein
(Minister incumbent)
Cabinet service since 1999 (Youth and Sports Minister)
Education background: LL.B (University of Wales, Aberystwyth), LL.M (Commercial and Corporate Law from London School of Economics).
Political background: Umno Youth Chief

DEPUTY EDUCATION MINISTERS
Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong*
Datuk Razali Ismail*

FOREIGN MINISTER
Datuk Seri Utama Dr. Rais Yatim
Former Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister
Cabinet service since 1999 (Minister in Prime Minister’s Department, Land and Regional Development Minister, Information Minister, Foreign Minister)
Education background: LL.B (Hons.) from University of Singapore, Qualified language specialist teacher (Language Institute KL graduate), PhD (King’s College, University of London).
Political background: Negeri Sembilan Chief Minister (1978 – 1982), Umno Supreme Council member.

DEPUTY FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER
Datuk Seri Tengku Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar

PLANTATION INDUSTRIES AND COMMODITIES MINISTER
Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui
(Incumbent Minister)
Cabinet service since 1986 (Parliamentary secretary for Welfare Ministry, Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister)
Education background: Barrister-At-Law (Gray’s Inns, London)
Political background: Central Committee member for Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP)

DEPUTY PLANTATION INDUSTRIES AND COMMODITIES MINISTER
Sen. A. Kohilan Pillay*

UNITY, CULTURE, ARTS AND HERITAGE MINISTER
Datuk Mohd Shafie Apdal
Former Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister
Cabinet service since 1995 (Parliamentary secretary for Information Ministry, Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister, Deputy Defence Minister)
Education background: Diploma in Management, B.A (Economics) from Staffordshire University, England
Political background: Umno Supreme Council member

DEPUTY UNITY, CULTURE, ARTS AND HERITAGE MINISTER
Teng Boon Soon*

HIGHER EDUCATION MINISTER
Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin
Former Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Minister
Cabinet service since 1999 (Deputy Works Minister, Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development)
Education background: LL.B (UM)
Political background: Umno Supreme Council member

DEPUTY HIGHER EDUCATION MINISTERS
Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung*
Datuk Idris Haron*

AGRICULTURE AND AGRO-BASED INDUSTRIES MINISTER
Datuk Mustapa Mohamed
Former Higher Education Minister
Cabinet service since 1995 (Entrepreneur Development Minister, Finance Minister II, Minister in Prime Minister’s Department, Higher Education Minister).
Education background: First Class (Hons) Economics from University of Melbourne, Australia and Masters in Economic Development (University of Boston, USA).
Political background: Umno Supreme Council member

DEPUTY AGRICULTURE AND AGRO-BASED INDUSTRIES MINISTER
Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION MINISTER
Datuk Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili
Former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department
Cabinet service since 2004 (Minister in Prime Minister’s Department promoting National Unity and Integration)
Education background: Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Economics from La Trobe University, Australia
Political background: Parti Bersatu Sabah Deputy President

DEPUTY SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION MINISTER
Fadillah Yusof*

TOURISM MINISTER
Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said
Former Youth and Sports Minister
Cabinet service since 2004 (Youth and Sports Minister)
Education background: LL.B (UM), LL.M (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)
Political background: Former Puteri Umno chief, current Umno Supreme Council member.

DEPUTY TOURISM MINISTER
Datuk Seri Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Abdul Taib*

FEDERAL TERRITORIES MINISTER
Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique
(Incumbent minister)
Cabinet service since 2004 (Deputy Federal Territories Minister)
Education background: Royal Military College, Sungai Besi and trained pilot.
Political background: Umno Federal Territory (KL) division chief

DEPUTY FEDERAL TERRITORIES MINISTER
Datuk M. Saravanan*

NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT MINISTER
Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas
Former Deputy Transport Minister I
Cabinet service since 1990 (Parliament secretary in Prime Minister’s Department, parliament secretary in Rural Development Ministry, Deputy Minister in Prime Minister’s Department)
Education background: B.Ec (Hon) from Universiti Malaya, Bachelor of Art (Hon 2nd Upper) in Development Administration (University of Tasmania, Australia)
Political background: Supreme Council member for Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Sarawak

DEPUTY NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT MINISTER
Datuk Seri Panglima Abdul Ghapur Salleh*

TRANSPORT MINISTER
Datuk Ong Tee Keat
Former Deputy Higher Education Minister
Cabinet service since 1999 (Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Deputy Higher Education Minister)
Education background: Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons) Universiti Malaya.
Political background: MCA Presidential Council member (since 1996), Former MCA Youth Chief (1999 – 2005), current MCA vice-president (since 1999)

DEPUTY TRANSPORT MINISTER
Datuk Anifah Aman

WOMEN, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MINISTER
Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen
Former Deputy Finance Minister I
Cabinet service since 1999 (Deputy Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister, Deputy Finance Minister I)
Education background: MBBS (UM), Diploma of Reproductive Medicine (Universiti John Hopkins, USA)
Political background: MCA Central vice-president (since 1999), current MCA Wanita chief (since 1999)

DEPUTY WOMEN, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MINISTER
Noriah Kasnon

ENTREPRENEUR AND COOPERATIVE MINISTER
Datuk Noh Omar
Former Deputy Education Minister
Cabinet service since 1999 (Parliament secretary at Prime Minister’s Department, Deputy Internal Security Minister, Deputy Education Minister)
Education background: Certificate of Legal Practice (UM), LL.B (Hons) Thames Valley, University, London.
Background: Former MARA legal officer
Political background: Umno Supreme Council member

DEPUTY ENTREPRENEUR AND COOPERATIVE MINISTER
Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah*

WORKS MINISTER
Datuk Ir. Mohd Zin Mohamed
Former Deputy Works Minister
Education background: Civil Engineering Diploma (Mara Technology Institute)
Political background: Umno Supreme Council member

DEPUTY WORKS MINISTER
Datuk Yong Khoon Seng

ENERGY, WATER AND COMMUNICATIONS MINISTER
Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor
Former Deputy Energy, Water and Communications Minister
Cabinet service since 2004
Education background: Civil Engineering (University of Indiana, USA)
Political background: Umno member, Former Tampin Division chief

DEPUTY ENERGY WATER AND COMMUNICATIONS MINISTER
Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum

HEALTH MINISTER
Datuk Liow Tiong Lai
Former Deputy Youth and Sports Minister
Cabinet service since 2006
Education background: B.Sc (Hons) Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, MBA (UM)
Political background: MCA Youth Chief (since 2005)

DEPUTY HEALTH MINISTER
Datuk Dr Abd Latiff Ahmad

INFORMATION MINISTER
Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek
Former Foreign Ministry parliamentary secretary
Cabinet service since 2006
Background: Former university lecturer
Political background: Aide to Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah when Semangat 46 was formed, Former Semangat 46 candidate in 1990 election, Umno Kemaman division Chief.

DEPUTY INFORMATION MINISTER
Datuk Tan Lian Hoe*

HUMAN RESOURCES MINISTER
Datuk Dr. S. Subramaniam
Former Housing and Local Government parliamentary secretary
Education background: National University of Singapore medical graduate and further post-graduate studies in UK
Political background: MIC secretary-general

DEPUTY HUMAN RESOURCES MINISTER
Datuk Noraini Ahmad

DOMESTIC TRADE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS MINISTER
Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad
(Comeback cabinet member)
Former Parliamentary secretary in Prime Minister Department (1978 – 1979), Deputy Finance Minister (1980 – 1981), Deputy Trade and Industry Minister (1982 – 1983), Federal Territories Minister (1983 – 1985) and Welfare Minister (1985 – 1987).
Education background: Malay College Kuala Kangsar, B.Ec in Statistics (UM), MBA from International Institute for Management Development In Lausanne, Switzerland.
Political background: In 1988, Shahrir ran for elections as an independent candidate. This decision was influenced by the events surrounding the sacking of Tun Salleh Abbas from the judiciary that same year, returned on Umno ticket in 2004 elections and won, current Umno Supreme Council member

DEPUTY DOMESTIC TRADE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS MINISTER
Jelaing Mersat*

RURAL AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT MINISTER
Sen. Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib
(Comeback cabinet member)
Political background: Umno information chief, appointed as Senator in November 2006, former Selangor Mentri Besar (1986-1997)

DEPUTY RURAL AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT MINISTERS
Tan Sri Panglima Joseph Kurup*
Joseph Entulu Belaun

HOUSING AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT MINISTER
Datuk Ong Ka Chuan
(New face)
Education background: Seri Kota Teaching College (1975 – 1976) and B.A (Hons) from UM
Political background: MCA Central Committee member (since 1998), MCA Secretary-General

DEPUTY HOUSING AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT MINISTERS
Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew
Datuk Hamzah Zainudin*

YOUTH AND SPORTS MINISTER
Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob*
(New face)
Education background: Law degree from UM (1985)
Political background: Bera MP since 2004 and Bera Umno division chief
Interesting fact: Father of Akademi Fantasia 5 contestant Gadaffi (Dafi).

DEPUTY YOUTH AND SPORTS MINISTER
Wee Jeck Seng*

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