By Leslie Lau, Consultant Editor
KUALA LUMPUR, April 9 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced his Cabinet of 28 ministers today, with many faces retained and Sabah emerging big winners with four members given senior portfolios.
But despite the expectations otherwise, there were only a sprinkling of new faces with many members of Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s team retaining their jobs albeit with different ministries.
The Cabinet was also marginally trimmed down even though a leaner Cabinet was expected.
Among the ministers dropped were Datuk Azalina Aziz, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar, Amirsham Aziz, Datuk Ong Ka Chuan and Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, newly elected as Umno deputy president, was made deputy prime minister.
Influential Sabah lawmaker Datuk Anifah Aman was the most prominent new member of the Cabinet and was given the plum Foreign Ministry portfolio.
Datuk Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, as expected, returned to the Cabinet as the new women’s affairs minister, as did Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, who was made minister in the Prime Minister’s Department. Both of them will be appointed senators.
Another new face in the Cabinet is Raja Nong Chik, who was appointed Federal Territories minister.
Among the other prominent appointments were Muhyiddin as education minister and Najib himself remains the first finance minister.
Datuk Husni Hanadzlah was made the second finance minister.
Besides Anifah, the other four Sabah ministers are Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, Maximus Ongkili and Datuk Shafie Apdal.
Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein, who was elected Umno vice-president, was made the home minister while another Umno V-P Datuk Zahid Hamidi will be the defence minister.
Datuk Mustapa Mohamad was made the international trade and industry minister.
As expected, Khairy Jamaluddin, who was recently elected Umno Youth chief, was not offered a Cabinet post.
It was a major slap in the face for him as Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, whom he beat in the party polls, was made a deputy minister as was his deputy Youth chief Razali Ibrahim.
MCA also maintains its status quo of four ministers in the Cabinet with Datuk Kong Cho Ha as the new addition in place of Datuk Ong Ka Chuan.
NEW CABINET LINE-UP:
Prime Minister and Finance Minister 1 Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
Deputy PM and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
Minister in Prime Minister’s Department
Unity Dr Koh Tsu Koon
Law and Parliament Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz
Religious Affairs Brig. Gen. (Rtd) Datuk Jamil Khir Baharum
Economic Planning Unit Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Deputies: Datuk Chor Chee Heung, Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussein
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin Deputies: Datuk Wee Ka Seong, Datuk Puad Zarkashi
Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat Deputies: Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri, Datuk Robert Lau
Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein Deputy:: Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop
Information, Unity, Culture and Arts
Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim Deputies: Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum, Heng Sai Kee
Energy, Green Tech & Water
Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui Deputy: Noriah Kasnon
Plantation Industries and Commodoties
Tan Sri Bernard Dompok Deputy: Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin
Rural and Regional Development
Datuk Shafie Apdal Deputies: Datuk Hassan Malek, Datuk Joseph Entulu
Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin Deputies: Dr Hou Kok Chung, Saifuddin Abdullah
International Trade and Industry
Datuk Mustapa Mohamed Deputies: Datuk Muhkriz Mahathir, Datuk Jacob Dungau
Science, Tech and Innovation
Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili Deputy: Fadillah Yusof
Natural Resources and Environment
Datuk Douglas Unggah Embas Deputy: Tan Sri Joseph Kurup
Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen Deputy: Datuk Seri Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Abdul Taib
Agriculture and Agro-based industries
Datuk Noh Omar Deputies: Johari Baharum, Rohani Abdul Karim
Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi Deputy: Datuk Dr Abdul Latif
Works Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor Deputy: Datuk Yong Khoon Seng
Health Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai Deputy: Datuk Rosnah Rashid Shilin
Youth and Sport Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek Deputies: Datuk Razali Ibrahim, Wee Jeck Sing
Human Resource Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam Deputy: Datuk Maznah Mazlan
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Deputy: Datuk Tan Lian Hoe
Housing and Local Government Datuk Kong Cho Ha Deputy: Lajim Ukin
Women, Family and Community Development Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil Deputy: Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun
Foreign Affairs Datuk Anifah Aman Deputies: Lee Chee Hong, A. Kohilan
Federal Territorry Datuk Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin Deputy: M. Saravanan