Friday, April 10, 2009

Its A Cabinet For The Next General Elections

The new cabinet ...hmmm... If I were to summarise the grouping, I would have to say its an Election Cabinet. The selection process was obviously guided by what they need to do to win the next General Election.

There were 6 Malaysian Chinese in the team, a surprise. As bad as MCA and Gerakan did last March and the subsequent by elections, if the selection was based on what each component party brought in, there should only be 2 Chinese ministers. However, Najib looked to the future, knowing fully well that the Malay vote will continued to be split with Pakatan-PAS proving to be a formidable force, and will still be one in the next General Election. As much as the Chinese vote has swung to the opposition, Barisan Nasional's best hope to secure the next General Election is to at least grab back some of the Chinese voters, hence explaining the move.

The move to appoint Koh Tsu Koon was smart because even though Koh was not a very charismatic or effective manager/ leader/ politician, he is a very smart person and would be much more effective working out strategies behind the scenes.

Its an Election Cabinet because of the recognition of politicians from East Malaysia in securing BN's position. Technically, if we split the votes between the peninsular and east Malaysia, Pakatan Rakyat would be governing the peninsular and BN should be just governing east Malaysia. It is critical that BN not lose any seat they have now in east Malaysia in order to win the next General Election.

The new team also confirms BN's belief that the MIC will continue to be a weak partner in the coalition as the anger and dissatisfaction by a very very large majority of Indians against the MIC is probably too big in gravity to undo over the next few years.

Other than that, the surprise was Mukhriz's appointment. The non appointment of KJ was widely expected, but this should be the beginning of a huge strife because you have the party shunning someone who was elected, and you promote someone who was defeated - take it another way, can you imagine Muhyiddin not being given the Deputy Prime Minister post despite winning the UMNO's deputy president post, and have that post being given to Muhammad Taib!!!?? That would have been inviting grave trouble into the party. So, why is the snub to KJ not so devastating???


Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak keeps the Finance Ministry portfolio and appoints Datuk Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah as the Second Finance Minister.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has been appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister.

Datuk Mustapa Mohamed is the new Minister of International Trade and Industry and the Deputy Minister is Datuk Mukhriz Tun Mahathir.

Others ministers include:

Ministers in Prime Minister Department - Datuk Seri Mohammed Nazri, Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon and Jamil

Transport - Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat

Science and Technology - Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili

Defence - Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

Home - Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein

Rural and Regional Development - Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal

Housing and Local Government - Datuk Kong Cho Ha

Health - Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai

Tourism - Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen

Energy, Green Technology and Water - Datuk Peter Chin

Human Resources - Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam

Natural Resources and Environment - Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas

Women, Family and Community Development - Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil

International Trade and Industry - Datuk Mustapa Mohamed

Higher Education - Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin

Information, Unity, Culture and Arts - Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim

Agriculture - Datuk Noh Omar

Works - Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor

Domestic Trade - Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob

Sports - Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek

Foreign - Datuk Anifah Aman

Federal Territories - Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin

p/s photo: Misha Omar


Hedgehog said...

Leaving KJ out has not been devastating mainly because everyone knows he will not last long. Having screwed up the Old Horse previously, do you ever think you'll stand a chance and have a bright future in politics?

Just you wait.... surely something will come alight. A scandal. Corruption charges. Etc.

Ah, politics...

kcwong said...

By giving 4 ministerial posts to Sabahan is a tactical move to lure the naive East Malaysians to continue support for BN.

But appointing 4 ministers & 6 Deputies to MCA for the Chinese votes in next GE? That's stupid. Generally, Chinese are pragmatic voters. Chinese has overcome the fears of PAS.

Surely they don't vote BN so that those MCA running dogs will get menteri post! Menteri post is none of their concern. In the past, only our grandparents wil be very concern about how many MCA menteri post to "represent" the Chinese.

Najib still couldn't read contemporary Chinese mind. He still think the Chinese are in his father Abdul Razak's time.