Hisham’s new duties not gazetted yet, says DAP

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KUALA LUMPUR: Hishammuddin Hussein’s appointment as a special functions minister has yet to be gazetted although it is stipulated under the Ministerial Functions Act 1969, a DAP MP says.

Ng Wei Aik said there was no mention of the roles, responsibilities, scope of work and powers accorded to Hishammuddin.

“If his appointment was not gazetted and published, isn’t this against the Ministerial Functions Act?” the Tanjong representative told a press conference in Parliament today.

Ng had earlier asked Prime Minister Najib Razak to state the duties, scope of work, responsibilities and powers as well as Hishammuddin’s role at the international level, in his new role as special functions minister.

Hishammuddin was appointed to the post in April.

However, Ng claimed his question in the Dewan Rakyat was not properly answered by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said.

In her reply, Azalina said the role of Hishammuddin as minister of special functions was “what is assigned to him by the prime minister from time to time in addition to him being minister of defence”.

“What’s Najib’s problem? Why can’t he publicly spell out Hishammuddin’s role as a special functions minister?” said Ng.

Special functions ministers had been appointed in the 1960s and early 1970s.

The post was previously revived in June 1998 with the appointment of former finance minister Daim Zainuddin, shortly before the dismissal of Anwar Ibrahim, who was then deputy prime minister, from the government in September that year.