Malaysia Announces New Cabinet Line-up

By The Star

Published on 16 May 2013

Prime Minister Najib Razak unveiled a cabinet to drive through his ambitious economic and political transformation agenda on Wednesday.

He said the cabinet included a mix of technocrats and civil society representatives, who bring valuable experience from outside government, as well as experienced ministers and younger faces.

The cabinet also draws on Malaysia’s diverse ethnic communities, he said.

New faces include: Paul Low, anti-corruption campaigner and President of Transparency International (Malaysia), will be a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department. P. Waytha Moorthy, human rights activist and Chairman of Hindraf, an NGO that campaigns for equal rights for Malaysian Indians, will be a Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.

Abdul Wahid Omar, President and CEO of Maybank, one of Southeast Asia’s top 5 banks that serves 22 million customers, will be a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.

Khairy Jamaluddin, the 37 year-old MP re-elected MP for Rembau with a tripled majority of over 18,000 votes, will be Minister for Youth & Sports.

Abdul Rahman Dahlan, MP for Kota Belud in Sabah, will lead the new Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing & Local Government.

“The new cabinet will be responsible for delivering transformation in Malaysia and continuing the economic and political reforms that began four years ago.

“The new ministers bring both the measured calm of experience, and the vibrant energy of new ideas; a grounding in anti-corruption and human rights law, and an appreciation for the dynamism of the private sector.

“Over the past months and years, divisions have opened up in Malaysian society. Now it is time for all of us, in government and beyond, to put the bitterness behind us, and work towards national reconciliation and national unity.

“It is in that spirit that I have asked these men and women to serve, not just as ministers, but as a unity Cabinet. Together we will act to bring about national reconciliation, secure Malaysia’s economic future, and build a stronger, more harmonious society,” he said.

The new line-up of Ministers and Deputy Ministers are:

Prime Minister: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak

Deputy Prime Minister: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

1. Prime Minister’s Department:


Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom

Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar (to be appointed senator)

Datuk Seri Idris Jala (to be appointed senator)

Tan Sri Joseph Kurup

Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim

Nancy Shukri

Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun

Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan (to be appointed senator)

Deputy Ministers:

Datuk Razali Ibrahim

P. Waythamoorthy (to be appointed senator)

2. Finance Ministry:

Minister I: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak

Minister II: Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah

Deputy Minister: Datuk Ahmad Maslan

3. Education Ministry:

Minister I: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh

Deputy Minister I: Datuk Mary Yap

Deputy Minister II: P. Kamalanathan

4. Home Affairs Ministry:

Minister: Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

Deputy Minister: Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar

5. Communication and Multimedia Ministry:

Minister: Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek

Deputy Minister: Datuk Jailani Johari

6. International Trade and Industry Ministry:

Minister: Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed

Deputy Minister: Hamim Samuri

7. Natural Resources and Environment Ministry:

Minister: Datuk Seri G. Palanivel

Deputy Minister: Datuk James Dawos Mamit

8. Transport Ministry:

Minister: Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein (acting)

Deputy Minister: Datuk Aziz Kaprawi

9. Tourism and Culture Ministry:

Minister: Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz

Deputy Minister: Datuk Joseph Salang

10. Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry:

Minister: Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob

Deputy Minister: Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman

11. Defence Ministry:

Minister: Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein

Deputy Minister: Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri

12. Works Ministry:

Minister: Datuk Fadillah Yusof

Deputy Minister: Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin

13. Health Ministry:

Minister: Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam

Deputy Minister: Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya

14. Youth and Sports Ministry:

Minister: Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar

Deputy Minister: Datuk M. Saravanan

15. Human Resources Ministry:

Minister: Datuk Richard Riot

Deputy Minister: Datuk Ismail Abdul Muttalib

16. Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry:

Minister: Datuk Hasan Malek

Deputy Minister: Datuk Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah (to be appointed senator)

17. Women, Family and Community Development Ministry:

Minister: Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim

Deputy Minister: Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun

18. Foreign Affairs Ministry:

Minister: Datuk Seri Anifah Aman

Deputy Minister: Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin

19. Urban Well-being, Housing and Local Government Ministry:

Minister: Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahalan

Deputy Minister: Datuk Halimah Sadique

20. Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry:

Minister: Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas

Deputy Minister: Datuk Noriah Kasnon

21. Rural and Regional Development Ministry:

Minister: Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal

Deputy Minister: Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi

22. Federal Territories Ministry:

Minister: Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor

Deputy Minister: Datuk Dr J. Loga Bala Mohan

23. Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry:

Minister: Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili

Deputy Minister: Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid

24. Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry:

Minister: Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin

Deputy Minister: Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah

Number of Ministries: 24

Number of Ministers: 30

Number of Deputy Ministers: 27

Total: 57

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