New Cabinet line-up:
Prime Minister and Finance Minister 1 - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
Deputy PM and Education Minister - Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
Finance Minister 2 - Ahmad Husni
Ministers in PM dept - Nazri, Nor Yaakob, Koh Tsu Koon and Jamil
Transport - Ong Tee Keat
Maximus Ongkili - Science and Technology
Ahmad Zahid Hamidi - Defence
Hishammuddin - Home
Shafie Apdal - Rural Development
Kong Cho Ha - Housing and Local Govt
Liow Tiong Lai - Health
Ng Yen Yen - Tourism
S. Subramaniam - Human Resource
Douglas Uggah - Natural Resources and Environment
Shahrizat - Women, Family and Community Development
Mustapa Mohamed - International Trade and Industry
Khaled Nordin - Higher Education
Rais Yatim - Information, Unity, Culture and Arts
Noh Omar - Agriculture
Shahziman Mansor - Works
Ismail Sabri - Domestic Trade
Ahmad Shabery Cheek - Sports
Anifah Aman - Foreign
Raja Nong Chik - Federal Territories
Najib has reduced the number of ministers to 28 from 31 ministers. It is important for the PM's PR team to take note. DO NOT OVERSELL. 80% of his cabinet members were old faces. Notably, he dropped Syed Hamid Albar, Azalina Othman and Muhd Taib. They are the most controversial ministers in the last administration.
My initial reaction to the cabinet line-up:
1) There is no WOW factor. It is a predictable team.
2) Like previous administrations, Najib has to give in to compromises with other component parties
3) The exclusion of Khairy and the inclusion of Mukhriz is the most controversial decision made by Najib. It will be difficult for Najib to justify that this decision is made on merit. His decision will be linked to a compromise with Mahathir. He intends to neutralise Mahathir's criticism of his administration if he choose to follow convention by appointing UMNO Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin into the cabinet. This decision will create unease amongst some UMNO youth members, Abdullah's faction and Khairy's faction.
4) The inclusion of Gerakan President Koh Tsu Koon as a minister in the PM's department taking charge of unity is interesting. By accepting the appointment, Koh has gone back on his words not to accept a senatorship and a ministerial position if he was defeated at the Batu Kawan parliamentary contest.