June 22, 2018
PM Dr. Mahathir Mohamad submits names of additional 15 Ministers to DYMM YDP Agong (His Majesty The King)
by Norman Goh
Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah–Foreign Minister of Malaysia?<
Comment: It will be great indeed if the handsome, suave, articulate, and intellectual Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah is Malaysia’s new Foreign Abdullah. Wisma Putra is in urgent need of a major shake up and reform. The quality and competence of our Ambassadors must reflect the aspirations and vision of the new Malaysia led by Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohamad.
Najib Razak’s Ambassador to The Kingdom of Cambodia, Dato’ Hassan Malek, was a part time diplomat and Member of Parliament.
The importance Malaysia attaches to countries where we have diplomatic relations is reflected in the quality of our Ambassadors. For example, the previous Ambassador to The Kingdom of Cambodia, Dato’Hassan Malek, did not devote his entire time to his diplomatic duties as he was also a Member of Parliament. Furthermore, being unschooled in diplomacy and international relations, he was like a fish out of water at diplomatic functions. He also did not actively interact with members of the Malaysian business community in the Kingdom.
The new Malaysia government must, therefore, choose Ambassadors on merit and should avoid sending discredited politicians as our representatives abroad. –Din Merican
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has submitted the names of 15 additional cabinet members to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V.
According to a government source, the list was submitted on Wednesday.“There will be a total of 28 ministers, two each from Sabah and Sarawak. Deputy ministers are also included, along with names for senators who might be appointed as well,” he told Malaysiakini.
However, the number of deputy ministers and prospective senators were not specified.
The source said among those on the list for minister positions are PKR’s Saifuddin Abdullah, Amanah’s Khalid Samad as well as DAP’s Teresa Kok and Ong Kian Ming.
Malaysiakini learned that Saifuddin Abdullah would helm the Foreign Affairs portfolio whereas Ong would be made international Trade Minister.
During an interview with Malaysiakini this morning, Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran also confirmed that the names have been sent to the Agong.
“I’m not privy to it, but I know (the names have been submitted) because the PM did say this to us. It’s just a matter of time, today, Monday, Tuesday (for the appointments) to take effect,” he added.
Kulasegaran is also hoping there would be another Indian minister as it would help reduce his workload in having to attend to issues concerning the community.
At present, there are 13 ministers, including Kulasegaran, who were sworn in on May 21. These are:
Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Women, Family and Community Development Minister.
Bersatu President Muhyiddin Yassin as Home Minister.
Amanah President Mohamad Sabu as Defence Minister.
DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng as Finance Minister.
PKR Deputy President Azmin Ali as Economics Minister.
Bersatu’s Dr. Mazlee Malik as Education Minister.
PKR’s Zuraida Kamaruddin as Housing and Local Government Minister.
Amanah Deputy President Salahuddin Ayub as Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister.
DAP’s Gobind Singh as Communication and Multimedia Minister.
Bersatu’s Rina Harun as Rural Development Minister.
Amanah’s Dzulkefly Ahmad as Health Minister.
DAP’s Anthony Loke as Transport Minister.