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Khairy not expected to be in new Cabinet line-up

Posted in Uncategorized by malaysiasms on April 8, 2009

 

The SunDaily.com


Khairy Jamaluddin

KUALA LUMPUR (April 8, 2009) : Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin is not expected to be on the new cabinet line-up. Instead, Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, who lost to Khairy in the Umno Youth election, is likely to be given the Youth and Sport portfolio, Sin Chew Daily reported today.

The report said Umno Youth vice-chief Datuk Razali Ibrahim, too, would probably be made a minister.

At least four ministries will be merged as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak downsizes his cabinet.

The most likely mergers are between Education and Higher Education Ministries and between Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry and International Trade and Industry Ministry.

Sources said Najib will continue to helm the Finance Ministry while Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is expected to be named Deputy Prime Minister, will take charge of the Home Ministry.


Koh Tsu Koon

Umno sources said Najib is taking bold steps in introducing new blood into his Cabinet as his list is said to contain a number of people who have no previous experience either as deputy ministers or parliamentary secretaries.

The new faces are said to include:

> the Umno supreme council member who was elected with the fourth highest number of votes, Datuk Azian Osman, who is tipped to be appointed minister in the Prime Minister’s Department;

> Razali, who is likely to replace Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib as rural and regional development minister; and

> Pontian MP Ahmad Mazlan, who is expected to to be appointed information minister, replacing Datuk Ahmad Shabbery Chik.

The second finance minister’s post is expected to go to Najib’s close ally Datuk Jamaluddin Jarjis who held the post in 2002 and was science, technology and innovation minister before he was dropped in the 2003 cabinet reshuffle.


Adnan Mansor

Meanwhile, there are no clear indications regarding Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil. A source said she will not be in the Cabinet while another said she will probably be made a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department or women, family and community development minister.

Former deputy defence minister Datuk Zainal Abidin Zin has a good chance of being appointed defence minister but there is also speculation that the post will go to Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal who was also a former deputy finance minister.

There is also speculation that Shafie will move to Foreign Ministry, beating early favourite Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Aziz to the job.

Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the Umno vice-president elected with the highest number of votes, is tipped to take charge of the Trade and Industry Ministry, the merger of two ministries.

Another Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who has indicated his desire to stay in the Education Ministry, will likely be granted his wish.

Sources said there could be an Education Minister II post which is likely to go to the current deputy minister, Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, who is MCA Youth chief.


Jamaludin Jarjis

However, there is also speculation that Ahmad Zahid will be appointed education minister whereas Hishammuddin will be moved to Trade and Industry.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob, meanwhile, is tipped to be appointed tourism minister, replacing Datuk Seri Azalina Othman, who is likely to be dropped.

Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Minister Datuk Mohd Nor Omar is expected to stay put.

Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon is likely to be given a post but there are no indications whether he would be made energy, water and communications minister as speculated.

Apart from Jamaluddin, another former minister, Tengku Adnan Mansor, is also tipped to make a comeback. He is likely to be named Federal Territories Minister, a post he once held.

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