KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 (Bernama) -- Four days after Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was sworn in as the 8th Prime Minister, netizens’ discussions are now focused on the new Cabinet line-up.

The topic is continuously raised among those who closely follow the country’s political developments, particularly on social media, which has become the platform to express their views and hopes.

Generally, Malaysians are now banking on clean leadership, one with integrity and its own distinctive quality capable of bringing economic stability, and concerned for the well-being of the country. 

Facebook user Eric Chong said the people do not want a new government too indulged in politics, to the point that the people’s needs were neglected. 

“The new government must prove that they are well liked by the people, (and) focus on working for the country’s economic well being. If the prior government did not care about the people’s hardship, the current prime minister must prove that today’s government is not like that,” he said through his social media posting. 





Facebook user Shuhada Hamdan hopes that Muhyiddin would learn some lessons from the previous government’s mistakes and lead a new government that has clear cut direction and its own unique image.

“For the 8th PM and future Cabinet Ministers, my plea as a Malaysian is to expel corrupted leaders, learn from the past mistakes, stop racial politics and bring back unity,” according to Shuhada in her Facebook posting.

Another Facebook user, Rozlan Rosz posted: “It is hoped that the Prime Minister will not ignore the people’s voice, focus on defending and upholding religion, race and the nation. (The administration) needs better direction without being influenced by the previous leadership.”

These netizens are among Malaysians who had experienced being under both Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Harapan (PH) rule, and now harbour hopes that the new government led by Muhyiddin would offer something fresh and different. 

The new prime minister, in his maiden address to the nation on Monday, promised to appoint Cabinet members of calibre who have integrity and a clean track record, besides committing to efforts to eradicate corruption and abuse of power by enhancing enforcement and empowering relevant laws, regulations and practices. 





Although many expressed confidence in Muhyiddin’s wisdom, backed by his 40 over years of experience in national politics, they also had some concern on the ministerial appointments, and wanted the process to be done meticulously.

This includes appointing them to the right portfolios.  

On Facebook, Habsah Che Nai wrote: “I am confident that the Prime Minister knows who are qualified. Whatever it is, please choose individuals who are knowledgeable and skillful in the field, as well as those who have good moral values, trustworthy, honest and with integrity.

 In the past few days, speculation on the Cabinet appointments had been making the rounds, including a fake line up complete with mugshots that went viral on social media.  



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