PM’s new Cabinet sees most old faces remain


PRIME Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has announced his Cabinet line-up, consisting of 69 ministers and deputy ministers.

Ismail Sabri’s team has the same size as his predecessor Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s administration, with 70 headcounts including the PM post, which was heavily criticised as a “bloated Cabinet”.

The new Cabinet members, which had been presented to the King for His Majesty consent yesterday, also largely feature similar names and to their designation in the fallen Perikatan Nasional (PN) government.

Ismail Sabri did not enlist a deputy PM but having four senior ministers, namely Senior Minister (International Trade and Industry) Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali; Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein; Senior Minister (Works) Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof; and Senior Minister (Education) Datuk Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin.

Finance minister role goes to Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz.

The PM said he would emphasise high performance working culture in the Cabinet with short- and long-term plans.

He said every ministry would need to prove their initial achievement in the first 100 days.

“This Cabinet line-up is selected from a combination of those experienced, believed to be able to help the country revive the economy by supporting entrepreneurs, simplify the way of business, and revitalise economic activity and increase investor confidence,” Ismail Sabri said in a text speech today.

He also said the new Cabinet, which serves the so-called “Malaysian family”, a new mantra he coined, would be more open and in tune with the national aspiration through more efficient service delivery and information.

The Cabinet line-up also appeared to be free from personalities implicated with court cases, also known as the “court clusters”.

The sworn-in ceremony is scheduled to be held on Monday, August 30, at 2.30 pm at the National Palace.

The complete list of the new Cabinet is as follows:

Senior Minister (International Trade and Industry): Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali
Deputy: Datuk Lim Ban Hong

Senior Minister (Defence): Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein
Deputy: Datuk Seri Ikhmal Hisham Abdul Aziz

Finance Minister: Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz
Deputy I: Mohd Shahar Abdullah
Deputy II: Tuan Yamani Hafez Musa

Senior Minister (Works): Datuk Seri Haji Fadillah Yusof
Deputy: Datuk Arthur Joseph Kurup

Senior Minister (Education): Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin
Deputy I: Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon
Deputy II: Datuk Mohamad Alamin

Ministers in the PM’s Department (Economy): Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamad
Deputy: Eddin Syazlee Shith

Ministers in the PM’s Department (Special Functions): Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad
Deputy: Datuk Mastura Mohd Yazid

Ministers in the PM’s Department (Parliament and Law): Datuk Seri Dr Haji Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar
Deputy: Datuk Wira Mas Ermieyati Samsuddin

Ministers in the PM’s Department (Religious Affairs): Tuan Idris Ahmad
Deputy: Datuk Ahmad Marzuk Shaary

Ministers in the PM’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs): Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili
Deputy: Datuk Hanifah Hajar Taib

Transport Minister: Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong
Deputy: Datuk Henry Sum Agong

Environment Minister: Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man
Deputy: Datuk Dr Mansor Othman

Human Resources Minister: Datuk Seri Saravanan Murugan
Deputy: Datuk Awang Hashim

Federal Territories Minister: Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim
Deputy: Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias

Women, Family and Community Minister: Datuk Seri Rina Harun
Deputy: Datuk Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff

Higher Education Minister: Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad
Deputy: Datuk Dr Ahmad Masrizal Muhammad

Energy and Natural Resources Minister: Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan
Deputy: Datuk Ali Anak Biju

Home Affairs Minister: Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin
Deputy I: Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Mohamed Said
Deputy II: Jonathan Yassin

Health Minister: Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar
Deputy I: Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali
Deputy II: Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang

Agriculture and Food Industry Minister: Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee
Deputy I: Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah
Deputy II: Dr Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh

Rural Development Minister: Datuk Seri Mahadzir Khalid
Deputy I: Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Mohamad
Deputy II: Datuk Hasbi Habibollah

Foreign Affairs Minister: Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah
Deputy: Kamarudin Jaffar

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister: Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi
Deputy: Rosol Wahid

Communications and Multimedia Minister: Tan Sri Annuar Musa
Deputy: Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin

Housing and Local Government Minister: Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican
Deputy: Datuk Seri Ismail Abdul Mutalib

Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Minister: Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba
Deputy Minister: Datuk Amzad Mohamed @ Hashim

Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister: Tan Sri Noh Omar
Deputy: Tuan Muslimin Yahaya

Plantations Industries and Commodities Minister: Datuk Dr Zuraidah Kamaruddin
Deputy I: Datuk Seri Wee Jeck Seng
Deputy II: Willie Mongin

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister: Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri
Deputy: Datuk Seri Dr Santhara Kumar Ramanaidu

National Unity Minister: Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique
Deputy: Tuan Wan Ahmad Fayshal Wan Ahmad Kamal

Youth and Sports Minister: Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu
Deputy: Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker