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Najib’s new cabinet – nothing extraordinary

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A new leadership and a new Cabinet, no doubt. But it is still the same goverment, nothing, extraordinary about it. Is it a continuation of PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi policy? The new Prime Minister Najib promise reform of the Barisan National goverment. He also promise the overhaul of UMNO the ruling party of the coalition.

 It is still this same old goverment who rule Malaysia for 52  years and blundered. Reform should have begun a year ago after the political Tsunami of March 2008. Wonder why Najib promising reform but retain most of the old faces of the previous Cabinet? Maybe he need to consolidate representation of party leaders of the ruling coalitions.

A goverment is the Cabinet. Cabinet decision is a collective decision. Thus the Cabinet must reform with rejuvenited policy. Najib as PM shoulder this responsibility for reform. If Najib alone reform will not help. He and all other leaders of the BN i.e MCA, MIC and the rest must also reform. Thus UMNO the lead party must reform first follow by the rest. Reform must be to the rakyat expectation. “Ketuanan Melayu” things should be long gone, then only it will work. Therefore the question of whether a partner in BN perform or don’t perform is immaterial. When that party lose a seat in an election, it is because the rakyat of all races had rejected and did not vote for Barisan National.  UMNO should not be arrogant that they have solid support from the malays thus won the most number of seats among BN component parties. UMNO only won seats on rural/kampong areas.  They won with slim majority. Half of the malays voted against them. More and more malays are beginning to dump UMNO. 

UMNO cannot work alone. UMNO very much rely and need support from other BN component parties. Though the constitution protect the malay and Islam “identity”, UMNO voice is as good as others. Rakyat knows how rampant corruption is among BN component party leaders. BN is just like a Mafia organisation. They must change. Change like “MIC rebranding” is only a  superficial change. Samy Value still continue to “suppress” the Indians. It is good that Najib when forming his Cabinet, had ensured that all BN component party are represented in the Cabinet. A good move in one way or another. 

The policy of the govement is the policy of BN. If BN still continue with it existing policy and if the policy failed to translate support from the rakyat, then the goverment is a failure. At the moment, the rakyat is watching every inch the goverment move. In the last GE 2008 more than 50% of the rakyat voted for PR because they had had enough. After one year, BN had created more harm than good. Rakyat had kept a distance from BN. Rakyat have decided and looking forward for a new alternative goverment. They have voice out resentment. They call for “Ketuanan Rakyat”. The current goverment must not continue to “behave” as what they have been doing for the last 52 years. Don’ be in a state of denial. The goverment has only 4 years to reform. Time is running out. Perhaps it is not too late to reform.


1. Prime Minister and Finance Minister 1: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak

2. Deputy PM and Education Minister: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

Ministers in Prime Minister’s Department
3. Unity and Performance Management: Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon
4. Law and Parliament: Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz
5. Religious Affairs: Brig. Gen. (Rtd) Datuk Jamil Khir Baharum
6. Economic Planning Unit: Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakob

Deputies: Datuk Liew Vui Keong, Senator Datuk Dr Mashitah Ibrahim, Datuk SK Devamany, Ahmad Maslan,  Senator T. Murugiah

     Finance: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
7. Finance Minister II: Datuk Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah
     Deputies: Datuk Chor Chee Heung, Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussein

8. Education: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
     Deputies: Datuk Wee Ka Siong, Datuk Puad Zarkashi

9. Transport: Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat
     Deputies: Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri, Datuk Robert Lau

10. Home: Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein
       Deputies: Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop, Jelaing Mersat

11. Information, Communications, Arts and Culture: Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim
      Deputies: Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum, Senator Heng Seai Kie

12. Energy, Green Technology & Water: Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui
       Deputy: Noriah Kasnon

13. Plantation Industries and Commodities:  Tan Sri Bernard Dompok
       Deputy: Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin

14. Rural and Regional Development: Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal
       Deputies: Datuk Hassan Malek, Datuk Joseph Entulu

15. Higher Education: Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin
       Deputies: Dr Hou Kok Chung, Saifuddin Abdullah

 16.International Trade and Industry: Datuk Mustapa Mohamed
       Deputies: Datuk Muhkriz Mahathir, Datuk Jacob Dungau

17. Science, Technology and Innovation: Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili
       Deputy: Fadillah Yusof

18. Natural Resources and Environment: Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas
       Deputy: Tan Sri Joseph Kurup

19. Tourism: Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen
       Deputy: Datuk Seri Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Abdul Taib

20. Agriculture and Agro-based Industries: Datuk Noh Omar
        Deputies: Johari Baharum, Rohani Abdul Karim

21. Defence: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
       Deputy: Datuk Dr Abdul Latif

22. Works: Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor
        Deputy: Datuk Yong Khoon Seng

23. Health: Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai
        Deputy: Datuk Rosnah Rashid Shilin

24. Youth and Sports: Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek
        Deputies: Datuk Razali Ibrahim, Wee Jeck Seng

25. Human Resources: Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam
        Deputy: Datuk Maznah Mazlan

26. Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs: Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri
        Deputy: Datuk Tan Lian Hoe

27. Housing and Local Government: Datuk Kong Cho Ha
        Deputy: Lajim Ukin

28. Women, Family and Community Development: Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil
         Deputy: Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun

29. Foreign Affairs: Datuk Anifah Aman
        Deputies: Datuk Lee Chee Leong, Senator A. Kohilan Pillai

30. Federal Territories: Datuk Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin
        Deputy: Datuk M. Saravanan


Written by machitam

April 10, 2009 at 5:06 pm

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