Who’s who in Muhyiddin’s new Cabinet

Those appointed to the Cabinet of the Muhyiddin Yassin government will take their oaths of office in Putrajaya tomorrow.
Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man

Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man – environment minister

PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, a respected ulama, is making his first appearance in a federal government position, as Minister of Environment in the new cabinet announced today.

A member of the PAS Syura Council, he contested the 2018 general election and was elected MP for Kubang Kerian with a thumping 19,369 vote-majority against the BN candidate Muhammad Abd Ghani (16,251 votes) and Dr Abdul Halim Yusof of Pakatan Harapan (11,557 votes).

He was first elected in the 1999 general election, after a narrow victory in the Jengka state seat in Pahang. He won by 319 votes, securing 5,338 votes against Zainal Hassan of BN (5,019).

He failed to defend the seat, losing to BN’s Abdul Rahman Ibrahim by 1,714 votes, and also lost in the Maran parliamentary seat where he was defeated by a 7,242-vote majority. BN candidate Ismail Abd Muttalib polled 15,725 votes, while Tuan Ibrahim obtained 8,483 votes.

At the next election he suffered a narrow defeat in the Jengka state seat, losing by 596 votes to BN candidate Wan Salman Wan Ismail, and lost again to Wan Salman in 2013.

However, in 2018, he won Kubang Kerian by a thumping 19,369 vote-majority.

Born on Aug 27, 1960, in Kampung Batu Balai, Jerantut, Pahang, he studied at Sekolah Menengah Agama Dong, Raub, and Sultan Abu Bakar College, Pekan, and served as a teacher at SMK Clifford in Kuala Lipis.

He went on to obtain B.A (Hons) in Dakwah Studies and Leadership at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and a Master’s degree in Dakwah Studies and Leadership, UKM, before serving as a senior lecturer for 14 years at Universiti Teknologi Marea (UiTM) in Jengka and Kuantan, Pahang; and Manjong, Perak.

He was appointed PAS deputy president from 2019 to 2021 and has been Pahang PAS Commissioner since 2004.

Ismail Sabri Yaakob, senior minister and defence minister

Ismail Sabri Yaakob – senior minister, defence minister

Umno vice-president Ismail Sabri Yaakob has extensive experience in government administration, having held various ministerial posts.

He was in the Cabinet from 2008-2018, in charge of four portfolios during that time.

One of the notable initiatives he undertook as the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister was to get rid of middlemen who profited from the hard work of farmers and fishermen. He also also introduced the Mara Digital initiative.

Ismail Sabri, 60, is MP for Bera, Pahang. He holds a degree in law from Universiti Malaya, and began his career as a lawyer in 1985. He has also served as a director of the Pahang Tenggara Development Authority and Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board.

Born in Temerloh, Pahang, he began to be actively involved in politics in 1987 as a committee member of Temerloh Umno division and became the division’s information chief the following year and head of the division in 2004.

He was elected Umno vice-president in 2018 and made the opposition leader in Parliament following the defeat of Barisan Nasional in the 2018 general election.

Saifuddin Abdullah

Saifuddin Abdullah – communications and multimedia

Saifuddin Abdullah, named as the new Communications and Multimedia Minister, was the foreign minister in the former Pakatan Harapan government.

A Temerloh native, Saifuddin was born in 1961 in Kampung Sungai Ara, Mentakab, to Abdullah Long and Ramlah Uda, both of whom were teachers.

He attended the Malay College, Kuala Kangsar, and holds a Degree in Arts from Universiti Malaya and a Certificate in Management from Harvard University.

He is also a former president of the Malaysian Youth Council, member of the National Information Technology Council and chief executive officer of the Global Moderate Movement Foundation.

Saifuddin is married to Norlin Shamsul Bahri and they have a daughter Nur Madihah.

Saifuddin began his political career with Umno and was elected MP for Temerloh for two terms on the Barisan Nasional ticket.

He left Umno and joined PKR, being appointed head of the Pakatan Harapan secretariat prior to the 2018 general election, which he contested and won in Temerloh.

Saifuddin was deputy minister of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives (2009), Higher Education deputy minister II (2014) and Foreign Minister (2018).

Dr Adham Baba

On Feb 24, Saifuddin and eight other PKR members left the party and announced support for PPBM which leads the new ruling coalition.

Dr Adham Baba – health minister

Dr Adham Baba, the new Minister of Health, 57, is a private doctor who formerly worked in the civil service and has held political appointment as a political secretary and special officer.

Adham, who is information chief of Johor Umno, was the Parliamentary Secretary of the Higher Education Ministry from 2004 to 2008, and was a special officer (Education) at the Ministry of Youth and Sports (2000-2004).

He was Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) from 2013 to 2018 and chairman of UniKL Medical Services Sdn Bhd from 2010 to 2015.

Adham obtained a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from Universiti Malaya in 1987 and worked as a medical officer at the Ministry of Health from 1988 to 1990.

A Batu Pahat native, he started his career as a private medical practitioner in 1990 and today owns the Klinik Adham Sdn Bhd network.

He was elected MP for Tenggara in the 2004 general election and was elected Pasir Raja assemblyman in the 2008 and 2013 general elections.

Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, minister of entrepreneur development and cooperatives.

Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar – Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives

Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar returns to the federal stage, with almost 40 years of political experience.

“Although I have no experience in field of entrepreneurship, I believe my appointment is based on my background with a doctorate degree in entrepreneurship,” he told Bernama.

Wan Junaidi, 74, a senior politician from Sarawak, has held various key posts at federal level. He was Minister of Natural Resources and Environment from 2015-2018, Deputy Finance Minister 2013-2015, and Deputy Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat (2008 and 2013).

Wan Junaidi first became an MP in 1990, winning the Batang Lupar seat . He was twice re-elected before moving to the Santubong seat in in 2004, defending it for three consecutive terms until 2018 general election.

Three other MPs of Gabungan Parti Sarawak were appointed as ministers: Works Minister Fadillah Yusof; Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Alexander Nanta Linggi; and Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Nancy Shukri.

Six other Sarawakians were also appointed Deputy Ministers. They were:
Saratok MP Ali Biju (Energy and Natural Resources);
Mukah MP Hanifah Hajar Taib (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs, Prime Minister’s Department);
Kanowit MP Aaron Ago Dagang (Health);
Lawas MP Henry Sum Agong (Rural Development);
Puncak Borneo MP Willie Mongin(Plantation Industries and Commodities); and Bintulu MP Tiong King Sing (National Unity).

M Savanan, minister of human resources.

M Saravanan – human resources

After holding the post of deputy minister for two terms until the 2018 general election M. Saravanan unexpectedly returned to national administration as the Human Resources Minister.

Saravanan, 52, is MIC deputy president, and has held office in previous governments. He was Federal Territories deputy minister (2008-2013) and deputy Youth and Sports minister (2013-2018).

He has represented Tapah as their MP for three terms since 2008, when he defeated PKR candidate Tan Seng Toh with a majority of 3,020 votes. He won handsomely in a four-way contest in 2013, winning by a 7,927-vote majority against candidates from PKR, Berjasa, and an independent. In 2018, he secured re-election with a narrow 614-vote majority against two other candidates.

He was previously a member of the Dewan Negara (2000-2006).

Saravanan was born in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur and educated at SRJK (Tamil) Jalan Fletcher, Kuala Lumpur; and SMK Jalan Temerloh, Kuala Lumpur. He went on to take a diploma in business and administration from the Swansea Institute of Higher Education.

He and his wife V. Kavitha have three children.