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.