Muhyiddin in full charge of federal administration

The new PM has held multiple meetings with several of the govt’s top officials since he took office on March 1

By ALIFAH ZAINUDDIN / Pic By BERNAMA

PRIME Minister (PM) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (picture) is now in full charge of all ministries and government departments until the appointment of Cabinet ministers, the latest federal government gazette states.

The gazette, signed on Tuesday by the Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Mohd Zuki Ali, also stated that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, pursuant to Article 43 of the Federal Constitution, has appointed Muhyiddin as PM.

“It is notified that the PM shall be charged with the responsibility in respect of all departments of the federal government and the subjects for which the departments are responsible until the appointment of the other ministers in the Cabinet.

“This Order is deemed to have come into operation on March 1, 2020,” said the notice on the Attorney General’s Chambers website.

Muhyiddin has held multiple meetings with several of the government’s top officials since he took office on March 1.

The PM has so far been briefed by senior government officials at the International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI), Education Ministry (MoE), Foreign Affairs Ministry (MoFA), Health Ministry (MoH), Economic Affairs Ministry (MEA) and Finance Ministry (MoF) at his office in Putrajaya.

In his meeting with MITI secretary general Datuk Lokman Hakim Ali yesterday, Muhyiddin was updated on the international trade sector and the status of foreign direct investment in the country. Lokman also gave an explanation on the latest development of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit which is scheduled to be held in November this year.

Earlier, the PM’s Office announced the appointment of Datuk Dr Marzuki Mohamad as the chief private secretary to the PM effective March 1.

Marzuki last served as special functions officer to Muhyiddin when he acted as home affairs minister.

Prior to this role, Marzuki had served under Muhyiddin as his special officer between 2009 and 2013 when he was deputy PM under the Barisan Nasional coalition.

Marzuki was also Muhyiddin’s political secretary when the latter served as education minister from 2013 to 2015. Marzuki began his career as a lecturer at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in 1999.

The 46-year-old is a law graduate from IIUM and has a master’s degree in political science from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

He later obtained a doctorate degree in the same field from the Australian National University.