PUTRAJAYA: There will be no deputy prime minister in the new Cabinet line-up announced by Muhyiddin Yassin today.
The prime minister also confirmed that no former Barisan Nasional leaders facing corruption charges will be in the Cabinet.
Muhyiddin also announced the creation of four senior ministers, to help him in his duties as prime minister, including chairing Cabinet meetings in his absence.
“With the senior ministers there is no need to appoint a deputy prime minister for the time being,” said Muhyiddin.
The senior ministers are:
- Mohamed Azmin Ali (International Trade and Industry); deputy minister Lim Ban Hong (senator)
- Ismail Sabri Yaakob (Defence); deputy minister Ikhmal Hisham Abdul Aziz
- Fadillah Yusof (Works); deputy minister Shahrudin Md Salleh
- Mohd Radzi Md Jidin (Education); deputy ministers Mah Hang Soon (senator) and Muslimin Yahaya
Muhyiddin said the senior ministers will enable better coordination between the ministries.
“In short, I want to form a Cabinet that can really give the best service to the people, a cabinet that delivers.”
The following names were also submitted to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to become part of the Cabinet:
- Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy): Mustapa Mohamed; deputy minister Arthur Joseph Kurup.
- Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Special Functions): Redzuan Yusof; deputy minister Mastura Yazid
- Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law): Takiyuddin Hassan; deputy minister Eddin Syazlee Shith
- Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah/Sarawak Affairs): Maximus Ongkili; deputy minister Hanifah Hajar Taib.
- Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs): Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri; deputy minister Ahmad Marzuk Shaary
- Finance Minister: Tengku Zafrul Aziz; deputy ministers Abdul Rahim Bakri and Mohd Shahar Abdullah
- Home Minister: Hamzah Zainudin; deputy ministers Ismail Mohamed Said and Jonathan Yassin
- Foreign Minister: Hishammuddin Hussein; deputy minister Kamaruddin Jaffar
- Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister: Ronald Kiandee; deputy ministers Ahmad Hamzah and Che Abdullah Mat Nawi
- Communications and Multimedia Minister: Saifuddin Abdullah; deputy minister Zahidi Zainul Abidin
- Transport Minister: Wee Ka Siong; deputy minister Hasbi Habibollah
- Health Minister: Dr Adham Baba; deputy ministers Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali and Aaron Ago Dagang
- Environment Minister: Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man; deputy minister Ahmad Masrizal Mohamad (senator)
- Higher Education Minister: Noraini Ahmad; deputy minister Mansor Othman
- Federal Territories Minister: Annuar Musa; deputy minister Santhara Kumar
- Human Resources Minister: Saravanan Murugan; deputy minister Awang Hashim
- Women, Family and Community Development Minister: Rina Harun; deputy minister Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff
- Housing and Local Government Minister: Zuraida Kamaruddin; deputy minister Ismail Abd Mutalib
- Science, Technology and Innovation Minister: Khairy Jamaluddin; deputy minister Ahmad Amzad Hashim
- Energy and Natural Resources Minister: Shamsul Anuar Nasarah; deputy minister Ali Biju
- Rural Development Minister: Abd Latiff Ahmad
- Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister: Nancy Shukri; deputy minister Jeffrey Kitingan
- Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister: Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar; deputy minister Mas Ermieyatie Samsudin
- Primary Industries Minister: Khairuddin Aman Razali; deputy ministers Wee Jeck Seng and Willie Mongin
- National Unity Minister: Halimah Mohamed Sadique; deputy minister Tiong King Sing
- Youth and Sports Minister: Reezal Merican Naina Merican; deputy minister Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal
- Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister: Alexander Nanta Linggi; deputy minister Rosol Wahid.
Early this morning, FMT quoted highly placed sources as saying that the new Cabinet would see a “new school of thought in the executive branch”, with a structure designed to survive political crises.
Muhyiddin was sworn in as the eighth prime minister on March 1 after a week of political turmoil following the collapse of the PH government late last month.