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Malaysiakini: Full list of 2008 cabinet

Posted on: March 18, 2008

Full list of 2008 cabinet
Mar 18, 08 1:02pm
Prime Minister
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (Umno)Deputy Prime Minister
Najib Razak (Umno)

Finance Minister
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (Umno)

Second Finance Minister
Nor Mohamed Yakcop (Umno)

Deputies: Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah (Umno), Kong Cho Ha (MCA)

Defence Minister
Najib Razak (Umno)

Deputy: Abu Seman Yusop (Umno)

Housing and Local Government Minister
Ong Ka Chuan (MCA)

Deputy: Robert Lau Hoi Chew (Supp), Hamzah Zainuddin (Umno)
Works Minister
Mohd Zin Mohamed (Umno)

Deputy: Yong Khoon Seng (Supp)

Energy, Water and Communications Minister
Shaziman Abu Mansor

Deputy: Joseph Salang Gandum

Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister
Mustapa Mohamad (Umno)

Deputy: Rohani Abdul Karim (Umno)

International Trade and Industry Minister
Muhyiddin Yassin (Umno)

Deputy: Leow Wei Keong (LDP), Yaakob Dungau Sagan

Foreign Minister
Rais Yatim

Deputy: Sultan Azlan Abu Bakar (Umno)

Education Minister
Hishammuddin Hussein (Umno)

Deputies: Dr Wee Ka Siong (MCA), Razali Ismail (Umno)

Transport Minister
Ong Tee Keat (MCA)

Deputy: Anifah Aman

Health Minister

Liow Tiong Lai (MCA)

Deputy: Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad (Umno)

Human Resources Minister
S Subramaniam (MIC)

Deputy: Noraini Ahmad (Umno)

Home Affairs and Internal Security Minister
Syed Hamid Albar (Umno)

Deputies: Chor Chee Heung (MCA), Wan Ahmad Farid (Umno)

Women, Family and Community Development Minister

Dr Ng Yen Yen (MCA)

Deputy: Norliah Kasmon

Culture, Arts, Heritage and National Unity Minister
Shafie Apdal (Umno)

Deputy: Teng Boon Soon (MCA)

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister
Dr Maximum Ongkili

Deputy: Fadillah Yusof

Entrepreneurial and Cooperative Development Minister
Noh Omar (Umno)

Deputy: Saifudin Abdullah

Higher Education Minister
Khaled Nordin (Umno)

Deputies: Idris Haron (Umno), Dr Hou Kok Chung (MCA)

Information Minister
Ahmad Shabery Cheek (Umno)

Deputy: Tan Lian Hoe (Gerakan)

Natural Resources and Environment Minister
Douglas Uggah Embas (PPB)

Deputy: Abdul Ghapur Salleh (Umno)

Rural and Regional Development Minister
Senator Muhammad Muhammad Taib (Umno)

Deputy: Joseph Entulu

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister
Abdul Shahrir Samad (Umno)


Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister
Peter Chin Fah Kui (Supp)

Deputy: Kohilan Pillay (Gerakan)

Youth and Sports Minister
Ismail Sabri Yaakob (Umno)

Deputy: Wee Jack Seng (MCA)

Tourism Minister
Azalina Othman Said (Umno)

Deputy: Sulaiman Abu Taib (PBB)

Federal Territories Minister
Zulhasnan Rafique (Umno)

Deputy: M Saravanan (MIC)

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department

Zaid Ibrahim (to be appointed senator) – legal affairs
Zahid Hamidi (Umno)
Bernard Dompok (Upko)
Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz (Umno)
Dr Abdullah Md Zin (Umno)

PM unveils ‘trimmed-down’ cabinet
Mar 18, 08 10:46am
breaking news Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today announced his ‘trimmed-down’ cabinet.

abdullah ahmad badawi  2008 cabinet line up 180308 06During a 20-minute press conference at his office in Putrajaya, Abdullah said he has decided not to appoint any parliamentary secretaries – bringing the number of appointments down from 90 to 68.

“This means that the ministers and the deputy ministers will have to be more active in parliament,” he said.

He has also dropped many notable veterans and roped in new faces, who now make up half of the cabinet.

“I hope they can serve the people effectively,” he told journalists.

Those axed are veteran leaders Rafidah Aziz, Jamaluddin Jarjis, Azmi Khalid, Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and Radzi Sheikh Ahmad, who is known to be close to the prime minister.

PM still finance minister

The premier has dropped his portfolio of internal security and outgoing foreign minister Syed Hamid Albar will run a newly merged Home Affairs and Internal Security Ministry.

abdullah ahmad badawi  2008 cabinet line up 180308 05This reduced the number of ministries by one to 27. The number of ministers however remain unchanged – the cabinet is still 32-member strong.

Abdullah has also retained his finance portfolio and Nor Mohamed Yakcop will continue to serve as second finance minister.

His previous cabinet had a whopping 32 ministers, 39 deputy ministers and 20 parliamentary secretaries, with jobs handed out to many of the 14 race-based parties that make up the Barisan Nasional coalition.

Of the 32 posts, Umno has the lion share, a total of 22, while MCA (4), MIC (1), PBB (1), Supp (1), Upko (1) and PBS (1).

While Sabah and Sarawak delivered close to 40 percent of the parliament seats to BN, collectively they have a little over 10 percent of the cabinet posts.

Zaid Ibrahim a new face
zaid ibrahim interview 140308 04Among the interesting new faces are Zaid Ibrahim (left), who has been appointed minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of legal affairs.

According to Abdullah, Zaid will be put in charge of legal affairs and oversee reforms in the judiciary.

Only 16 of the 32 ministers in the previous cabinet have been retained – with eight keeping their old posts while eight moved to new profolios.

Among them are Dr Rais Yatim, who has been named foreign minister and Ong Tee Keat (transport minister).

Shahrir returns to cabinet, Muhd Taib makes comeback

shahrir samad 250907Making a return to the cabinet is Shahrir Samad (right) who is appointed domestic trade and consumer affairs minister.

Also back from the political wilderness is Muhammad Muhd Taib, who is now rural development minister. Muhd Taib quit as Selangor mentri besar in 1997 after he was charged for breaching Australian financial regulations in bringing in huge amount of undeclared cash. He was later acquitted.

Meanwhile, Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s son Sulaiman has been appointed deputy tourism minister.

Khairy not in the line-up

Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin was not named in the cabinet line up announced by his father-in-law.

khairy jamaluddin interview 011107 assuresPrior to the elections, it was speculated that Khairy – the 32-year-old Oxford graduate – will be given an important post.

However, the March 8 polls reversed his fortunes. Many blamed the young politician for BN’s disastrous performance.

Since then, pressure had mounted on the prime minister not to include his son-in-law in the line-up.

Ka Chuan takes over from brother

ong ka chuanMCA secretary-general Ong Ka Chuan (left) has been made housing and local government minister replacing his brother and MCA president Ka Ting.

Party vice-president Ong Tee Keat is transport minister replacing deputy president Chan Kong Choy. Youth chief Liow Tiong Lai is health minister and Women’s wing chief Dr Ng Yen Yen is women, family and development minister.

MCA was also trounced in the elections. The party only managed to retain 15 out of its 40 parliamentary seats.

MIC loses Works Ministry

MIC failed to retain its control over the works ministry and party’s secretary-general Dr S Subramaniam has been appointed human resources minister.

The previous works minister was MIC president S Samy Vellu. The party suffered heavy losses in the March 8 polls, losing six out of nine parliamentary seats and 12 out of 19 state seats.

MIC information chief M Saravanan has been appointed deputy federal territories minister while central working committee (CWC) member S Devamany is deputy natural resources and mining minister.

Rafidah dropped: No explanation

abdullah ahmad badawi pak lah pc 060607 rafidahRafidah (file photo, far right), who has held the trade portfolio since 1987, was the highest-profile casualty of the reshuffle.

Abdullah would not comment on the departure of Rafidah – also chief of Umno’s influential women’s wing – who is to be replaced by outgoing agriculture minister Muhyiddin Yasin.

“I don’t discuss why. I think she should make way for someone new,” he said.

Abdullah: I’m not quitting 

Abdullah reiterated his insistence on staying in power, saying he had been given “a very strong mandate”.

“I am not going to shirk my responsibilities,” he said, adding that in his new term he would focus on implementing the many projects launched during the outgoing administration.

He said he was well aware of criticism that he had plenty of good policies but that his administration was “very short on implementation”.

No evidence Najib is corrupt 

najib arms procurement defense 290307 sukhoi submarineThe premier defended his deputy and heir-apparent Najib Razak against allegations of wrongdoing in military contracts, and said they had the “best of relationships”.

“There is no proof that Najib is involved in any corrupt activities,” he said.

“People can make all kinds of allegations, but what is important is that there is no evidence of that.”

Najib has been accused of benefitting from the multi-billion ringgit purchases of Sukhoi jets from Russia and two submarines from France.

Dissenting voices brought in

Political observers commended the reshuffle, and particularly the decision to bring in dissenting voices including Zaid, who has been a leading critic on social and human rights issues.

Zaid was refused permission to contest the March 8 polls but will now be appointed to the upper house and given the important role of de facto minister in charge of law, with the task of reforming the judiciary.

Another Umno maverick, Shahrir, who was dropped as chairman of the coalition backbenchers’ club for voting against the government, has been given the sensitive domestic trade and consumer affairs portfolio.

From the private sector, leading banker Amirsham Aziz has been appointed a minister in the prime minister’s department, and will head the government’s Economic Planning Unit.

Zaid, Amirsham and Mashitah – all of whom are not MPs – were sworn in as senators this afternoon so that they could take their oath as ministers before the Agong tomorrow.

Reactions from political observer

“It shows a refreshing change of face, it shows that the PM at least would like to give the impression that he is changing some of the old guard,” said Tricia Yeoh from the Centre for Public Policy Studies think-tank.

“Rafidah is the epitome of the old guard within Umno,” she said, pointing to graft allegations that have surrounded the veteran politician.

However, Yeoh said the reshuffle may not defuse the pressure on Abdullah, who faces a resurgent opposition and a looming battle for his political life at ruling party elections later this year.

Meanwhile, at a press conference after the cabinet announcement, Najib said that new team has a good mix of new and old faces.


4 Responses to "Malaysiakini: Full list of 2008 cabinet"

South Korea cabinet size 17 Ministers, poplulation 49mil.
China cabinet size 20, population 1.3 bil
Malaysia cabinet size 27, population 26 mil.

Can anyone enlighten me why M’sia needs 5 Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Dept? Also, what is the meaning of Minister in Prime Minister’s Dept? I am an accountant and I am puzzled by this and I think this is abolute nonsense.

ministers in the PM Dept refers to ministers without portfolio. in other words there are no ministries for the issues taken cared of.

At the same time it is also important.

In thriving Malaysian scenario, Ummo is still practising hand-outs to hungry and greedy ministers.
Wonder why ?? When is Ummo going stop!!! We need a lean and effective ministerial representation,but a window dressing cabinet….
sarjit singh.

In thriving Malaysian scenario,Ummo is still practising hand-outs to hungry and greedy ministers. Wonder why?? When is Ummo going stop !!!We need a lean and effective ministerial representation, but NOT a window dressing cabinet…sarjit singh

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On 'Why should Valuecap borrow from EPF?' Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud: MTUC condemns the government's move to bail out Valuecap to support the local stock market using RM5 billion from EPF, as the provident fund is the custodian of the workers' money and not some sort of ‘automated teller machine' for the government.
If at all the EPF were to lend its money to the government, it has to be under the condition that there be transparency and accountability in the activities for which the money has been purposed. We want to know who is doing what with the money that belongs to the workers. This is the hard-earned money of the workers, their retirement plan. How is this bailout plan going to benefit the workers? We also question the reason for this bailout. If the economic fundamentals in Malaysia are strong and reserves sufficient as has been stated several times by the government, then why is there a need to offer so much money to the GLCs? Second Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop should prove how the EPF would profit from this loan. Bernama had reported that Nor had given the assurance that the loan given out by EPF would reap profits for the fund judging from Valuecap's past performance. But where is the paperwork and calculations to show that this move will benefit the EPF? MTUC is concerned that the loan might be mismanaged or misused and this, in turn, would affect the returns for the contributors. Mere assurances are not enough. We want to proof that this RM5 billion will not go down the drain. (The writer is president, MTUC). Sharyn: The government wants to use our pension money to prop up the Malaysian stock market which is the playing field of the rich people. If so, the government must ensure that the EPF account holders - who are predominantly the poor to average citizens of Malaysia - be guaranteed all of our pension money with a compound 8% growth (interest). It's so selfish and sick of the government to use the poor's pension money to help the rich to make more money with all the risks taken by the poor/average citizen. We can better use the RM% billion loans to Valuecap for our children's education, shelter, medical bills etc. Why not get those rich people to prop up the share market instead? Why should they park their money overseas and gamble with our EPF money instead? Kumar14: Who is behind this Valuecap organisation? Why suddenly, this separate entity is allowed to access funds from the EPF? Are they capable enough to handle it or is it just another desperate and blind move? It has been a very infamous trend where the people's funds are channeled to a company for investment purposes and suddenly POP! the funds disappear and there is nobody to be held responsible but a RM2 shell company. Charge who? Sue whom? The RM2 company (just a registered name)? We have seen this many times. People in power and with connections allow such things to go through and reap/rob the people's wealth and then blame it on organisations which actually don't exist. What if a lot of EPF funds are looted via such scams and nobody is to be pointed at? Where will the government get the funds to replenish the EPF? The people are very bored, disappointed, angry and frustrated at seeing all these dumb and unaccounted for measures being allowed by the government with lame excuses. Please, somebody verify the true purpose, integrity and capability of anybody attempting to use the people's fund.

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