PKR likely to get most posts in full Cabinet line-up

PETALING JAYA: The full Cabinet line-up to be announced by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad will likely see PKR getting more posts than its four partners in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition.

A list shown to FMT shows another four names from PKR being appointed as ministers, with seven from the party as deputy ministers.

This means that out of 28 Cabinet portfolios, seven are from PKR. The additional ministers from PKR include Saifuddin Abdullah as the foreign affairs minister; Saifuddin Nasution as the consumer affairs minister; Xavier Jayakumar as the water, land and natural resources minister; and Baru Bian as the works minister.

Other notable appointees are Amanah’s Khalid Samad as federal territories minister; Teresa Kok as primary industries minister; Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman as youth and sports minister; and Mujahid Yusof Rawa as the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Islamic affairs.

Another minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Warisan’s Liew Vui Keong from Sabah, is likely to be put in charge of judicial affairs.

Two other ministers from Warisan are Darell Leiking (international trade) and Mohamaddin Ketapi (tourism).

A total of 24 deputy ministers are also expected to be announced. Notable PH politicians in the deputies line-up include Hannah Yeoh as Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s deputy in the women’s affairs ministry; R Sivarasa (deputy to Rina Harun in the rural and regional development ministry), Mahfuz Omar (deputy to M Kulasegaran in the human resources ministry), Teo Nie Ching (deputy to Maszlee Malik in the education ministry), Ong Kian Ming (deputy to Leiking in the international trade ministry), Shamsul Iskandar Akin (deputy to Teresa Kok in the primary industries ministry), Hanipa Maidin (deputy minister for judicial affairs), Fuziah Salleh (deputy minister for Islamic affairs) and Chong Chieng Jen (deputy to Saifuddin in consumer affairs ministry).

The following is a possible breakdown of the five PH parties represented in the full Cabinet.

Ministers:

PKR 7
PPBM 6
DAP 6
Amanah 5
Warisan 3

Deputy ministers:

PKR 7
DAP 6
Amanah 5
PPBM 4
Warisan 2

There are a total of five women in the line-up for ministers and four in the list of deputy ministers.

FMT is unable to verify if this is the final Cabinet line-up.