Muhyiddin was also seen to have taken an out-of-the-box approach in appointing his cabinet members by not relying solely on politicians in his administration.
This new element is reflected in the appointment of CIMB Group Chief Executive Officer Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz as Finance Minister and Federal Territories Mufti Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs).
The appointment of technocrat, Tengku Zafrul, is seen as significant as the important portfolio was normally held by a senior minister from the governing party.
Also noteworthy is the return of PAS into the folds of the Federal Government after 42 years with the appointment of its three representatives into the cabinet.
They are Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man who was appointed as Minister of the Environment, Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan (Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Parliament and Law)) and Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali (Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities).
Tuan Ibrahim is PAS deputy president, Takiyuddin its secretary-general while Mohd Khairuddin a member of PAS' Central Working Committee.