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New Cupboard line-up, contemporary COVID-19 method amongst PM Ismail Sabri’s quick priorities: Consultants


The eye is now on who Mr Ismail Sabri names in the important thing posts – particularly the deputy prime minister, in addition to the well being, finance and training portfolios. 

He informed the media on Monday that he would announce his line-up later within the week, however he made clear that opposition politicians won’t be appointed Cupboard ministers. 

This got here amid strategies on the feasibility of a unity authorities, with sure opposition MPs sharing Cupboard portfolios with these in authorities. 

Therefore, Mr Ismail Sabri will probably be selecting his Cupboard members from among the many 114 lawmakers who help him as prime minister. 

These events within the ruling authorities embody the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. BN contains Mr Ismail Sabri’s UMNO with 38 seats, the Malaysian Chinese language Affiliation (MCA) with two MPs in addition to the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) and the Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah with one seat every.

Among the many 38 UMNO lawmakers is veteran lawmaker Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah who abstained from backing Mr Ismail. 

Additionally inside the authorities is the PN coalition. Mr Muhyiddin’s Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) has 31 MPs, Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) has 18 MPs and Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku Rakyat Sabah has one MP.  

Parti Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) with 18 MPs and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) with one MP are allies to PN however not formally a part of the coalition. 4 impartial candidates have additionally reportedly supported Mr Ismail Sabri as prime minister. 

Dr Oh Ei Solar, a senior fellow with the Singapore Institute of Worldwide Affairs, informed CNA that Mr Ismail Sabri is “going through a dilemma” in selecting his Cupboard line-up. 

He stated that on one hand, there are requires Mr Ismail Sabri to select “a battle Cupboard” that’s small, nimble and streamlined, full of round 10 ministers who’re “skilled and confirmed to be good policymakers” to deal with the pandemic and revive the financial system. 

Nevertheless, Dr Oh famous if Mr Ismail Sabri does this, he would have fewer Cupboard posts to placate his political allies, a few of whom have lofty political ambitions. 

“So then when you don’t have sufficient posts, these formidable figures won’t be pleased and the boat might be rocked once more,” Dr Oh stated, citing how UMNO had performed a key half in resulting in Mr Muhyiddin’s resignation. 

Some 15 UMNO MPs withdrew their help for Mr Muhyiddin’s authorities early this month, and this was one of many foremost elements that led to the collapse of Mr Muhyiddin’s administration.

Dr Wong Chin Huat, a political scientist from Sunway College stated that Mr Ismail Sabri should be taught from the “failures” of Mr Muhyiddin’s authorities and do issues in a different way. 

He opined that Mr Ismail Sabri ought to choose a smaller-sized Cupboard, with lower than 60 ministers and deputy ministers.

After he was appointed in March final yr, Mr Muhyiddin introduced a Cupboard with 70 posts. This drew criticism from the opposition and a few netizens who stated it was massive and outsized. 

“One other failing Cupboard will make sure that all events in authorities be punished by offended voters,” stated Dr Wong. 

He additionally instructed that Mr Ismail Sabri reappoint particular person ministers who carried out effectively within the earlier administration, similar to UMNO’s Khairy Jamaluddin who served as minister of science, know-how and innovation in addition to coordinating minister of the nationwide COVID-19 immunisation programme.


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