1) Najib is again also the Finance Minister, taking a cue from Mahathir and Pak Lah. This is a very good strategy so that the PM can control the finance and be more accountable for the country’s financial matters. And nobody else more qualified to take up the post but the great Prime Ministers himself. With 8 ministers under his department, an additional of 3 more ministers compared to previous cabinet, Najib definitely will do wonders. Especially that he has not named the responsibilities of those ministers, meaning they probably will do everything under the sun, as the boss says. The department with the most number of ministers, surely going to be the most efficient one. 8 ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department, you no loike?
2) Hishammuddin Hussein is back and now as a Defence Minister and acting Transport Minister. Based on his great track record in his previous portfolios as Education Minister under Pak Lah and then as Home Minister under his cousin, we should expect only the best from him. His spot on analysis on ‘crime surge is just a perception’ and his unwavering focus on the approach of ‘managing public perception about crime instead of fighting crime’ was one of the most brilliant idea a Home Minister could come up with. After all, if public perception about crime can be managed, we should not worry about the crime itself.
He was right when he dismissed the Sulu invaders in Lahad Datu as bunch of old men having a picnic, because they left after they got bored and starved after running out of food supplies. Hishammuddin acting as Transport Minister is a genius idea, we looking forward to borrow some Hummers when we need it to solve the public transportation issue, while waiting for MCA to make up their mind about accepting any cabinet position or not.
3) Zahid Hamidi is now the Home Minister, exchanging his portfolio with Hishammuddin Hussein. His expertise at purchasing things at higher price than market price will be very useful when it comes to tackling crime, because with that logic he will also spend more efforts than necessary to get the job done. He was arrested under ISA before so he can appreciate the usefulness of ISA under its ‘new skin’ called Security Offences (Special Measures) Bill 2012 and put it to good use when needed.
4) Muhyiddin Yassin is continuing as Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister. He will bring our education system to another level, no doubt. His accurate grading of Kedah’s state government performance before GE13 helped BN to win back the state, so he has good grasps of how important a good grading system is for our education system. Hopefully we will not be still talking about using English or Malay as medium for teaching Science and Mathematic. He has the great Idris Jusoh to help him with the portfolio. Idris Jusoh’s experience dealing with collapsed buildings will be put to good use to ensure our schools will not have similar problem in the future.
5) Ismail Sabri as the Agriculture and Agro-base Industry Minister and Douglas Uggah as the Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister will be doing things that are uniquely different so that is why we need two ministries. This also applies to Minister of Natural Resources and Environment (Palanivel) and Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water (Maximus Ongkili).
6) Malaysians must be grateful for having Shabery Cheek as the Communications and Multimedia (previously Information, Culture & Heritage) Minister. His experience when he was with Information Ministry will be put to good use and not leaving Malaysians foaming at the mouth like what his predecessor Rais Yatim did. Oh yeah, Shabery also cheekily remarked that some “high paying Malay executives” were being ungrateful for not voting BN in GE13. I hope he will take this opportunity to make use of his ministry to knock some senses into these ungrateful “high paying Malay executives”.
7) Sarawak & Sabah now have a combined number of 13 ministers in the cabinet, thanks to its stellar performance in the GE13 that Najib has to reward them handsomely. Sarawak now has 8 cabinet ministers and some holding important portfolios covering women, family and community development, human resources, public works and rural development which the state will benefit greatly. Sarawak will be in the good hands of Rohani Karim (Women, Family and Community Development Minister), Richard Riot (Human Resources Minister), Fadillah Yusof (Minister of Works), Alexander Nanta Linggi (Deputy Minister of Rural and Regional Development). Let’s start on the construction of the 2,300km Pan Borneo Highway immediately!
The appointment of Paul Low, the president of Transparency International-Malaysia as a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department is a sign that Najib is serious about combating corruptions and promoting transparency in the government. Now he can continue his unfinished work of convincing the government to fight and end corruption as it is more effective and proven to work when you… reform from within.
9) Great news to hear Abdul Rahman Dahlan being appointed as the Minister of “Urban Well-being”, Housing and Local Development. “Tanpa berbelit-belit dan membuang masa”, his ministry should start immediately on the construction of 1,000,000 affordable housing for Malaysians because it has to be completed in a short 5 years period. The Malaysian urbanites are counting on you to look for their well-being, so all the best brah!
10) Waythamoorty also appointed as a Deputy Minister, and this is in line with the Nambikei’s spirit by Najib. Nambikei! Nambike! Nambikei berjaya!
I cannot continue anymore… LOL.