Najib’s new cabinet – My take.

Najib’s new cabinet.

1. Syed Hamid Albar ‘The Idiot’ is out! Wheeeeeeee!! We don’t need your protection – not that kind of protection, NEVER! So, go and play with your grandkids. Adios!

2. So much for a ‘new’ and changed line-up. So much for a ‘lean’ and ‘mean’ cabinet. The new Cabinet which has 28 ministers, four less than the 32 of the previous Cabinet, Umno has 19 ministers, 3 less than the 22 it had in the previous Cabinet.

21 faces from the old administration still making their appearance. 7 retained their previous ministrial positions. 14 jumped to other porfolios – this means 21 or 75% are old horses.  WTF?

3. This new cabinet is reek of Apanama’s smell. That’s why KJ is not in but the loser Mukhriz is in. Expect to see more future dramas in Umno for the power struggles among the war lords.

4. Strange inclusion of Koh Tsu Koon, who is in charge of unity in the Prime Minister’s department.

5. Some said, some credits must be given to  the new cabinet which is ‘relatively clean of corruption’? Those with questionable backgrounds or under investigations were not put in? The head honcho is clean, yes. Johari Baharom was investigated for corruption before, but he was included in? Please, don’t mention the ‘clean’ word when someone’s is making the cut as the high priest while embroiled in explosive scandals.

6. The new cabinet has a significantly high number of senators. Well, can this be a good thing? Leave the parlimentarians to do legislative works and not burden them with the country affairs? Already some critics pointed out that the line-up to be more reflective of the parliament.

Theoretically, we should have a proper separation of powers between the Executive and Legislative branches to provide better check and balance especially to limit the Executive branch become too powerful. Then again, in reality it is an artificial division, as no constitutional system in the world has a clear, complete separation of powers.

We can only hope our leaders will be more responsible in discharging their duties and always uphold the parliamentary sovereignty and will not abuse the Executive power.

7. I hate old dinasours. Is this country so bankrupt of talents to replace these dinasours? Refer to point 2. I don’t want to mention names, but some old goats with bankrupt ideas still making a comeback, argh!!

8. Najib is giving more posts to other component parties like Gerakan, is this a move to appease them or to address the perception equating Umno is BN and BN is Umno – a stinging criticism that BN component parties don’t have representation within the government?

I wish the new cabinet all the best in discharging their duties and may The Force be with you to make this country a better place to stay. As a normal citizen, we ask no further than a people’s government. Simple request, yet seems to hard to realise.

ps: I am back in Sarikei. Anyone is around for coffee? Kampua? Big prawns noodle at Gloria Cafe is waiting.

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3 Responses to “Najib’s new cabinet – My take.”

  1. Vijay Kumar Murugavell wrote on Apr 10, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Khairy is in a similar situation like Chua Soi Lek elected by delegates but snubbed by the party leadership.

    Like it or not he is very popular with party grassroots, KPMU cows and mat rempits.he did not meet reporters but gave a telephone interview about -concentrating on Umno Youth bla bla bla

    Muhyiddin didnt look too happy- but hard to tell as he is always grouchy faced, he was doing well in Miti, and even foreign correspondents regard him highly for his knowledge, he was shoved out for two reasons.

    Make Mukhriz not appear too much of a novice in international trade and to take the PPSMI heat that Hishamuddin was facing as education minister- this highly controversial issue will make the education minister unpopular whatever he decides.

    Mustapa mohamad is a staunch Mahathir ally whom Pak Lah dropped as a canditate in GE12,Mustafa and Daim were the dynamic duo in mahathirian finance ministry.He is likely to advance Mukhriz career in MiTi.

    Already Mahathir has made a premature announcement that Mukhriz will do well and solve the AP issue.Dr.M groomed Rafidah in this ministry, he is now undermining the Minister by claiming his son a novive deputy minister will solve the AP issue. Mustafa is likely to allow Mukhriz to take all the credit as he owes Dr.M bigtime.

    Hishamuddin was given the powerful home ministry, Najib has already committed to review the ISA, they will do it or najib will look bad, they wont repeal it unless they are convinced that they will lose in GE 13, they may repeal ISA at the last minute before GE13, either way Hishamuddin will come out smelling like roses. On the other hand Najib’s cousin will quell dissent if needed.

    If an emergency needs to be declared najib ally and architect of Perak power grab, zahid hamidi controls the military. He is also likely to protect najib should there be further investigations into the scorpene deal.

    Rais Yatim was a bugling foreign minister, even Condoleeza Rice chastized him in Singapore. Dr Mahathir had openly backed Rais in the contest for the vice-president’s post- he lost his VP bid but was assigned the Information minister post, as they need a trusted ally to grease the propoganda machine.

    These my friends are the lead actors in the play the rest are simply to fill party/component party as well as gender quota’s.

    Make no mistake about it, Mahathirism is back big time because UMNO knows they do not have anybody cunning enough to take on DSAI.


  2. alexallied wrote on Apr 10, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    give me a call when you’re in Sibu dude!


  3. Vijay Kumar Murugavell wrote on Apr 27, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Notice how rais Yatim and Mukhriz are tying in nicely with my above prediction ?
    Wow a deputy minister making annoucements on AP’s while the minister is in the pantry drinking coffee.


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