Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Moving on Up!

Prime Minister's Najib Abdul Razak's new line-up according to Sin Chew Daily.

Out :
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Shahrir Abdul Samad
Second Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop
Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar
Tourism Minister Azalina Othman
Energy, Water and communications Minister Shaziman Abu Mansor
Federal Territories Minister Zulhasnan Rafique
Rural and Regional Development Minister Muhammad Muhd Taib
Foreign Minister Dr Rais Yatim
Higher Education Minister Mohamed Khalid Nordin
Information Minister Ahmad Shabbery Chik.
Housing and Local Government Minister Ong Ka Chuan

Moving: Hishammuddin Hussein (International Trade and Industry Ministry), Nazri Abdul Aziz (Foreign Ministry, ouch!), Shafie Apdal (Defence Ministry).

Welcomed: Dr Koh Tsu Koon (Huh?), former science, technology and innovation minister Jamaluddin Jarjis, former tourism minister Tengku Adnan Mansor, Khairy Jamaluddin

Not welcomed: S Samy Vellu, Chua Soi Lek

Noteworthy :Number of ministers from 29 to 23

Setting up of a Ministry on Chinese affairs.

(I wonder why this is needed? Are my Chinese friends being sidelined or neglected? How about a ministry for Indian affairs?

We do have to admit that our Indian friends are far more in need of some fresh impetus just like the Malays as these are easily the two biggest contributors where hardcore and marginally hard core poor are concerned.

Are we back to addressing ourselves as Malay, Chinese and Indians as such that Ministries have to be formed to take care of each indigenous group?

It’s a reversion to the politics of old the new age Malaysia would be at odds with.)

Anyway, The Star’s has this following take on the shuffle:
Mustapa Mohamed for Second Finance Minister.

A technocrat for the Economic Planning Unit handler (currently held by former Malayan Banking Bhd CEO Amirsham A. Aziz)

Same old, or vibrantly new?

We’ll see soon enough.

In the meantime, enjoy this art piece by English artist Cliff Warner.

1 comment:

de minimis said...

The idea of a Ministry for Chinese Affairs is ludicrous. If it materialises, such a Ministry will quickly become a joke. I hope wiser heads will prevail.