ANN/THE STRAITS TIMES – Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has unveiled a new Cabinet, in which he will hold the post of Finance Minister while United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) chief Zahid Hamidi becomes Deputy Prime Minister.
The leaner Cabinet was unveiled yesterday and comprises 25 ministers, with appointments distributed among the top leaders of parties making up his unity government.
For the first time in Malaysia’s history, two deputy prime ministers were appointed – Zahid and Gabungan Parti Sarawak’s (GPS) Fadillah Yusuf.
Democratic Action Party (DAP) secretary-general Anthony Loke returned to his Transport Ministry post, a portfolio he held with the previous Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.
The new ministers are set to attend a special meeting on Monday.
“The meeting will talk about the way the Cabinet members should manage their respective ministries, on how to work together with civil servants, how to make media announcements and how to not waste government funds,” Anwar said at an earlier event yesterday in Ipoh, Perak, according to the Malay Mail.
Anwar last week said his Cabinet appointments should not be seen as a “reward” for politicians who backed him to lead the unity government, which mainly comprises key coalitions PH, Barisan Nasional (BN), GPS and Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS).
He had also promised to reduce the size of his Cabinet compared with that of his
predecessors Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Muhyiddin Yassin, who both had bloated Cabinets of more than 30 ministers and nearly 40 deputies.