Muhyiddin said these ministers will assist him in coordinating matters of the cabinet related to the economic, security, infrastructure development, and education and social sectors.
The prime minister said that the senior ministers would also be able to coordinate inter-ministry issues more effectively.
“I want to form a cabinet that can really give the best service to the people - a cabinet that delivers.
“The senior ministers will assist me to discharge my duty as the prime minister, including chairing cabinet meetings when I am not in the country.
“With these senior ministers, there is no necessity now to appoint a deputy prime minister,” he said.
He said to ensure a cabinet of integrity, all cabinet members announced had been vetted by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM).