Mariam Mokhtar’s Dream Cabinet for Najib

February 24, 2016

Mariam Mokhtar’s Dream Cabinet for Najib

With the slide in moral rectitude of his inner circle, Najib Abdul Razak should reshuffle his cabinet and give the following people more prominent roles. He managed a ‘budget re-calibration exercise’ with the slide in oil prices, so why not the cabinet?

Number One. The PM retains his post as PM and Finance minister. Times are hard and he has heeded the advice of his former Deputy Minister, Ahmad Maslan, and taken not just one, but two additional jobs.

First side job, is to be the national clown. The role is self-explanatory.

The second is of a magician. RM15 million miraculously appeared in Alor Setar for the new Menteri Besar, Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah to start work. There is an old Bugis expression for this, “Magic happens, only if the face fits”.

Number Two. Good buddy, Abdul Hadi Awang of PAS, which is secretly known as the ‘UMNO Baru east coast division’, should be made the new Culture Minister. Hadi will enforce a ‘no excessive laughter’ rule, and will liaise with the Immigration Department to reject permits for foreign pop groups, unless they are nasyid groups from Aceh.

Courses will be held for Wisma Putra (Foreign Ministry) staff deployed overseas to recognise the various types of women’s smiles. They must not mistake smiles as invitations to have sex. Together with the Health Department, intensive courses in potty training will be arranged for the diplomatic staff.

Apandi ampu

Number Three. The Attorney-General, Apandi Ali, will be the new Information Minister, or what the kedai-kopi patrons call ‘the minister of spin’.

Malaysians are confused. They only have three pertinent questions. “When does a donation become a deal, and vice-versa?”, “Is it un-Islamic to be critical of one’s leaders?”, and “Is it okay to accuse the dead of dirty deals?”

Number Four. The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) should become the health minister. His first major project will be to enforce a strict fitness regime for thousands of obese policemen. One critic said, “Instant results will be made if the 126,000 Twitter police force were to be disbanded. Get them off their bums, and make them walk the beat. After one month, they will be fit for duty.”

Number Five. Home Minister Zahid Hamidi will become the new Education Minister. Malaysian education reached new heights under the previous two ministers, and we now have “the best education in the world”.

Under Zahid, students will be shown that education is not everything, because people with a lack of academic qualifications, like Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah, the new MB of Kedah, need only “…whisper personally into the PM’s ear, to help develop Kedah”.

One school dropout said, “The government has justified the withdrawal of scholarships, because we need only learn how to be trained ‘PM whisperers’. Yeay… no need for school.”

Number Six: Astronaut Dr.Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Al Masrie Sheikh Mustapha should be the new religious affairs minister. He may not be a politician, but UMNO Baru has devised a way of introducing unelected people via the back door. They are made senators one day, and ministers the next.

Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor’s venture into Aladdin, the halal equivalent of Ali Baba and Amazon, took many people by surprise. One cynic said, “The halal industry is more lucrative than promoting science.”

Another cynic said, “The syariah-compliant airline Rayani Air was started by two Hindus, despite the billions of ringgits poured into Malay businesses, Malay traders, and free-this-and-that for the Malays, like in ‘Low Yat Two’.”

Number Seven. The formation of a new Colour Ministry.

Malaysian life is colour-coded, for the benefit of those who cannot read. Pink is the colour of party-unity, orange signifies change, yellow induces panic in UMNO Baru leaders and the IGP, red is a sign of intolerance and in Kuantan, of greed, whilst the blue of BN is a dangerous colour, like the poisonous Blue Lake of Bau, in Sarawak.

To prevent discrimination and bias, a colour-blind person will be its first minister.

Number Eight. To save taxpayers’ money, the Police Force and the Judiciary will merge into one. It will be led by one man, the blogger Papagomo. His methods are effective because he will be “the law-enforcer, the judge, the jury and the executioner”.

Number Mine. There will be no changes to the Defence Ministry. We have not heard from the minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, for a while. He is probably busy defending Lahad Datu in the east, or the James Shoal islands, off the Bintulu coast. Either that or he has been kidnapped.

Number Ten. A new Ethics Ministry should be formed. Its first minister should be the former women’s minister, Shahrizat Abdul Jalil. A few days ago, she criticised former international trade and industry minister Rafidah Aziz for her views about the internal power struggle in Kedah.

Shahrizat was said to “shake her head” (presumably in disbelief), when reading Rafidah’s Facebook post about the greed in UMNO Baru in Kedah. She called Rafidah, “disloyal” (to Najib) and “lacking in principle”. The new ethics minister can crow till the cows come home. The rakyat are not blind.

Malaysians are entering a new phase of clowning around in politics. As Malaysians have seen, only foreign institutions like the Wall Street Journal, and former PM Mahathir Mohamad, are free from prosecution for criticising 1MDB. Has Shahrizat heard the song, ‘Send in the clowns?’

7 thoughts on “Mariam Mokhtar’s Dream Cabinet for Najib

  1. Spoofing and ridiculing is fun. But the fact 34% of “informed” people still trust the govt I.e. will not kick them out, is very very worrying. What if these 34% have accepted corruption likely because they are part of it? Phantom voters, vote buying etc and we could only see Chaos, peaceful regime change already not possible. The country is doomed.

  2. Mariam Mokhtar has no right to insult the honourable Malaysian Diplomatic Service. The Staff Sergeant posted at the Malaysian High Commission in New Zealand did carry a Malaysian diplomatic passport but he was not one of the regular diplomats serving the nation in a foreign country. He was only the home-based “administrative” officer working in the Military Attache’s Office in Wellington. If Mariam Mokhtar is not familiar with who is and who is not a Malaysian diplomat proper, she has no business tarnishing the whole of the Malaysian Diplomatic Service with her dirty brush.
    After my good friend, Dato Abdul Kadir Mohamad retired as the top honcho in Wisma Putra, our Foreign Service is a huge letdown. You do not have to be a diplomat to know that Wisma Putra is no longer what Tun Ghazalie Shafie had envisioned. The military man in Wellington is seen as part of Wiama Putra and perception matters.Even our present Prime Minister is not unknown for his sexual escapades. Anyway, Masood, good try on your part to defend the Foreign Service.

    As a former Wisma man (1963-1965), I know what it was like to be a Foreign Service officer.I worked as Tun Ghazalie Shafie’s Special Assistant and as liaison with our Special Branch, Malaysian military and British Intelligence. We had outstanding role models like Zainal Sulong, Lim Teck Choon, Jack de Silva. K.T. Ratnam, Albert “Bertie” Tallala, Abdullah Ali, Tengku Ngah, Raja Aznam (my immediate boss at that time), R Ramani, Ahmad Kojak Zainal, Hamzah Majeed, Ahmad Nordin, Ambassador Zain Azraai, Ambassador Zaiton Ibrahim ( who later succeeded Tun Ghazalie as Permanent Secretary), Kamil Jaafar and Razali Ismail, Renji Sathiah, Ben Haron, to name a few.They were dedicated King Ghaz’s men who served when our country faced the might of Sukarno’s Indonesia and were behind Malaysia’s entry as a Founder Member of ASEAN in 1967.–Din Merican

  3. “Has Shahrizat heard the song, ‘Send in the clowns’?” – Mariam Mokhtar.

    She’s hears the song loud and clear, Mariam. After all, she is a clown herself. And her audience are cows and bulls kept in a condo built for misfits like her.

  4. Salleh Keruak should be the Minister of Culture as he can entertain as an orang utan. He has the genes, so it’s only natural.

  5. A good to read story but in the end its ending is still sorry. You forgot Nazri Aziz.
    Nazri is an UMNO enigma who has been too long at the job. He has loyal to his bosses and that is why he has survived. –Din Merican

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