Tuesday, March 18, 2008

PM Announces New Cabinet Line-Up

[Via The Star]

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi unveiled a new smaller Cabinet, dropped senior ministers and brought in 50% new faces with 16 of the 32 ministers being newcomers. And in a surprise move, he also did away with parliamentary secretaries.

The Prime Minister, who retained the Finance portfolio, named Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as the Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister.

Abdullah said he had incorporated many changes to his administration to enable the government machinery to implement its responsibilities more effectively.

· Cabinet trimmed to 27 ministries, comprising 32 ministers and 37 deputy ministers.

· Six ministers from previous Cabinet dropped.

· Sabah and Sarawak get more deputy ministers.

· Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen becomes MCA’s first woman minister.

· Datuk Shahrir Samad makes a return to Cabinet after 21 years.

· Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib named Rural and Regional Development Minister.

· Former Maybank CEO Datuk Amirsham A. Aziz named Minister in charge of the Economic Planning Unit.

· Prominent lawyer Datuk Zaid Ibrahim appointed as de facto Law Minister to reform judiciary.

· Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil appointed special adviser to Prime Minister for women and social development.

· Home Affairs Ministry and the Internal Security Ministry re-merged.

· Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry formed - National Unity and Integration Department absorbed into the Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry.

The full list are as follows:

Prime Minister

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi [UMNO]

Deputy Prime Minister

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak [UMNO]

Ministers in the Prime Minister's Department

Tan Sri Bernard Dompok [UPKO]
Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz [UMNO]
Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi [UMNO]
Datuk Mohd Zaid Ibrahim [UMNO,Senator]
Datuk Amirsham Abdul Aziz [Senator]

Deputy Ministers in the Prime Minister's Department

Datuk Johari Baharom [UMNO]
Datuk Dr Mashitah Ibrahim [UMNO,Senator]
Datuk K. Devamany [MIC]
Datuk Hassan Malik [UMNO]


Minister - Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi [UMNO]
Second Finance Minister - Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop UMNO]
Deputies - Datuk Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah[UMNO], Datuk Kong Cho Ha [MCA]


Minister - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak [UMNO]
Deputy - Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop [UMNO]

Internal Security and Home Affairs

Minister - Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar [UMNO]
Deputies - Datuk Chor Chee Heong [MCA], Senator Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh [UMNO]

Housing and Local Government

Minister - Datuk Ong Ka Chuan [MCA]
Deputies - Datuk Robert Lau[SUPP] , Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin [UMNO]

Public Works

Minister - Datuk Mohd Zin Mohamad [UMNO]
Deputy - Datuk Yong Khoon Seng [SUPP]

Energy, Water and Communications

Minister - Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor [UMNO]
Deputy - Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum [PRS]

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry

Minister - Datuk Mustapa Mohamed [UMNO]
Deputy - Datin Paduka Rohani Abdul Karim [PBB]

International Trade and Industry

Minister -Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin [UMNO]
Deputies - Loh Wei Keong [LDP], Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan [SPDP]

Foreign Affairs

Minister - Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim [UMNO]
Deputy - Tunku Azlan Abu Bakar [UMNO]


Minister - Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein [UMNO]
Deputies - Datuk Wee Ka Siong [MCA], Datuk Razali Ismail [UMNO]

Higher Education

Minister - Datuk Khaled Nordin [UMNO]
Deputies - Khoo Kok Choong [MCA], Datuk Idris Harun [UMNO]


Minister - Datuk Ong Tee Keat [MCA]
Deputy - Anifah Aman [UMNO]

Human Resources

Minister - Datuk S. Subramaniam [MIC]
Deputy - Datuk Noraini Ahmad [UMNO]

Women, Family and Community Development

Minister - Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen [MCA]
Deputy - Noriah Kasnon [UMNO]

National Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage

Minister - Datuk Shafie Apdal [UMNO]
Deputy - Datuk Teng Boon Soon [MCA]

Science, Technology and Innovation

Minister - Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili [PBS]
Deputy - Fadilah Yusof [PBB]

Entrepreneurial and Cooperative Development

Minister - Datuk Noh Omar [UMNO]
Deputy - Datuk Saiffuddin Abdullah [UMNO]

Natural Resources and Environment

Minister - Datuk Douglas Unggah Embas [PBB]
Deputy - Datuk Abu Ghapur Salleh [UMNO]

Rural and Regional Development

Minister - Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib [UMNO,Senator]
Deputy - Tan Sri Joseph Kurup [PDRS]

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs

Minister - Datuk Shahrir Samad [UMNO]
Deputy - Jelaing Mersat [SPDP]

Plantation Industries and Commodities

Minister - Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui [SUPP]
Deputy - Senator A. Kohilan [Gerakan]

Youth and Sports

Minister - Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaacob [UMNO]
Deputy - Wee Jack Seng [MCA]


Minister - Datuk Liow Tiong Lai [MCA]
Deputy - Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad [UMNO]


Minister - Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek [UMNO]
Deputy - Datuk Tan Lian Hoe [Gerakan]


Minister - Datuk Azalina Othman [UMNO]
Deputy - Datuk Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Abu Taib [PBB]

Federal Territory

Minister - Datuk Zulhasnan Rafique [UMNO]
Deputy - M. Saravanan [MIC]

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