NEW CABINET WITHOUT DPM UNPRECEDENTED, INNOVATIVE MOVE

NURUNNASIHAH AHMAD RASHID

KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 (Bernama) -- The appointment of the new cabinet without the deputy prime minister (DPM) is an unprecedented and innovative move in the country's history.

Instead Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin Muhyiddin announced the creation of four senior ministers, to help him in his duties as prime minister, including chairing Cabinet meetings in his absence.

“With the senior ministers there is no need to appoint a deputy prime minister for the time being,” Muhyiddin said when announcing the cabinet line-up today.

Tun Abdul Razak University’s Graduate School of Business lecturer Prof Emeritus Dr Barjoyai Bardai described the decision as a bold move, as the DPM's tasks are shouldered by four senior ministers, besides the inclusion of a new figure from the corporate sector.

The senior ministers are Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali as Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob (Minister of Defence), Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof (Minister of Works), and Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin (Minister of Education).

Meanwhile, CIMB Group Holdings Bhd chief executive officer Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz appointed as Minister of Finance, while Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed as Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Economics).

“The selection of Tengku Zafrul as Minister of Finance could bring the Malaysian economy to a remarkable level, given his experience in managing banks, besides fulfilling the criteria of being clean, professional and ethical.

“We hope that the future Malaysian economy will be driven by waqf (endowment) institution that hinged on investments and finance," Barjoyai told Bernama.

Commenting on Mohamed Azmin's appointment, Barjoyai felt that the former Minister of Economic Affairs should have been appointed Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Economy) to enable him to carry out the 2030 Shared Prosperity Vision (WKB2030) agenda.

“However, may be the WKB2030 agenda under Azmin's previous administration was less active and drastic, hence, Mustapa’s appointment could recharge the energy to make it more effective," he said.

Barjoyai said the Ministry of Finance and the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Economy) ought to work closely with the Ministry of Rural Development and the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) to create a specific agenda to address the issue of poverty among low-income groups.

On the whole, in terms of credibility, he said all appointed cabinet ministers are among those who are regarded as clean, ethical and professional.

This can help boost the confidence of foreign investors who want to see that Malaysia continues its agenda of eradicating corruption, he added.

“Therefore, I propose that a key performance agenda for ministers to be instituted within the next three to six months so that they are not only ascertained clean but also able to perform well in the cabinet, as this will determine the transparency of the new government,” he said.

-- BERNAMA

 

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