Post traumatic stress disorder

It is believed that Malaysians suffer from the 13GE post traumatic stress disorder. The extra ordinary long intense politicking, events, drama and demonstration and decisions made and leading up to the polling and campaign period preceding to the 13GE left so many quarters burnt out. Some are appalled and angered with the results and the outcome there on.

Needless to say, the business of moving the nation forward takes paramount priority. Yesterday evening, Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak announced his first mandated Cabinet.

Thursday May 16, 2013

A well-balanced Cabinet of 32 ministers

By JOSEPH SIPALAN
jsipalan@thestar.com.my

PUTRAJAYA: A mix of new and old faces are set to help chart the country’s future over the next five years as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak unveiled his Cabinet line-up nearly two weeks after the 13th General Election.

Describing it as a “balanced Cabinet”, Najib’s line-up will have a total of 32 ministers and 26 deputy ministers. In the last Cabinet, there were 30 ministers and 36 deputy ministers.

“This is a balanced Cabinet, that includes those with experience, technocrats and youths.

“I believe those with experience will contribute to continuity, while the technocrats will contribute through their specific expertise which is very important in providing creative and rational ideas for the Government to consider.

“The youths, aside from their skills, will also be able to bring the perspective of youths to the Government’s attention,” Najib said when unveiling his Cabinet.

Major reshuffle: Najib with his deputy Muhyiddin by his side (second right) announcing the appointment of the new Cabinet ministers in Putrajaya.
Major reshuffle: Najib with his deputy Muhyiddin by his side (second right) announcing the appointment of the new Cabinet ministers in Putrajaya.

Among the notable new faces are former Terengganu Mentri BesarDatuk Seri Idris Jusoh, who is now Education and Higher Education Minister II; Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, who is now Youth and Sports Minister; Umno and Barisan Nasional secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor as Federal Territories Minister; and Umno’s Kota Belud MP Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan as Urban Well-Being, Housing and Local Govern-ment Minister.

From outside the political spectrum, Najib appointed Transparency International president Datuk Paul Low, Hindraf chairman P. Waytha Moorthy and Maybank president and chief executive Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar as Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department.

The Cabinet also sees a fair bit of reshuffling in portfolios, with Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin heading what will now be called the Education and Higher Learning Ministry with the merger of the Education and Higher Education ministries.

Umno vice-presidents Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein andDatuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi meanwhile have swapped portfolios, with Hishammuddin now helming the Defence Ministry and Ahmad Zahid serving as Home Minister.

Hishammuddin will also serve as acting Transport Minister in what Najib described as a temporary move to keep a position vacant for MCA – if the party is able to overturn its resolution not to take any Cabinet posts following its poor performance in the recently concluded polls.

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It was an expected surprise and invited all sorts of responses and comments. 12 Cabinet posts were allocated to Sabah and Sarawak MPs, for their aggregated 47 seats contribution to BN in the 133 seats controlled Dewan Rakyat.

What was a surprise is the two Cabinet Ministers allocated to Johor MPs (not including the Deputy Prime Minister) despite the state’s 21 MPs contribution to BN’s Federal Government, compared to Perak’s (for 12 MPs) and Terengganu’s (for only four MPs) equal two. Kedah, which contributed 10 MPs and saw the return of the state government back to BN was only allocated with one Minister.

No Ministers are appointed to represent the rakyat of Selangor and Melaka.

Many laud the appointment of new generation UMNO leaders and first timers such as UMNO Youth Leader Khairy Jamaluddin and former UMNO Youth Secretary as Cabinet Ministers Abdul Rahman Dahlan and former MIC Information Chief P Kamalanathan as Deputy Minister. Khairy’s appointment also earned the accolades of Opposition leaders such as PKR Deputy President Azmin Ali and DAP Strategist Tony Pua.

Appointments of technocrats like Maybank President and CEO Dato’ Seri Abdul Wahid Omar and Tranparency International Paul Low also brought new confidence in getting some serious business done. It is unsure whether or not Wahid would be playing the role vacated by Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yackop.

A relief of sigh for some of names being omitted from the Cabinet like Dato’ Seri Noh Omar and Dato’ Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis.

However, that cannot be said of the appointment of some who should have been perceived as ‘has beens’ such as Dato’ Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor and Dato’ Seri Nazri Aziz as Cabinet Ministers and Dato’ Tajudin Abdul Rahman as Deputy Minister.

What surprised many is the appointment of HINDRAF leader P Wathyamoorthy as Deputy Minister in Prime Minister’s Department. He was a personality considered as an ‘obnoxious’. The fact that a Hindu chauvinist and one time rebel rouser like Wathya is appointed but no post offered to pro right wing and nationalist PERKASA doesnt strike the ‘balance’, although Prime Minister Najib is his opening remark claimed that this new team is a ‘Balanced Cabinet’.

Then again, that is not as surprising as the rumour of Prime Minister Najib appointing Jamaluddin as Special Adviser to the Prime Minister with ministerial status. If this turns out to be true, than many would doubt some of how the Prime Minister’s ‘Transformation Plan’ be rolled out considering that there was a ‘systemic faliure’ in the BN’s 13GE game and JJ is being said as one of the key players in the defective strategy and catestrophic tactical operations.

Expect more sufferers of PTSD would be diagnosed. Naturally, the reaction.

*Updated Friday 17 May 2013 0145hrs

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  1. Hello tuan
    Take it easy.
    You and your team did your part.

    But do remember, politicians being politicians, will coax, encourage, bribe and motivate writers – till their (politicians) targets are achieved.

    After that, it is you writers who have to start thinking what next to do, as they politicians would have abandoned all the props that catapulted them to the positions they wanted to occupy.

    There is life after this for you folks.
    Just try write-ups that can make Malaysians come closer to one another as fellow citizens irrespective of political leanings.

    We are supposed to be a proud multi-racial society but still the gap between our rural folks (more simple n honest one, I dare say) and the urban ones (no need to describe them).

    Do try and lobby for the latest communication channels and tools (like free wifi, decent language blogs) to reach these simple folks out there.

    We cannot afford to have our own kind in th rural areas, still struggling while the urban buggers have their fiestas through carnival like rallies, ceramahs, etc.

    • You be the first to walk the talk and practice what you preach everywhere. I challenge you to petition for Satu Sekolah untuk Semua.

      After your self-righteous advice, would you take the initiative to consolidate your intellectual conviction??

  2. I cant wait for the old man’s reaction, considering Najib incl KJ & foul mouth Nazri.

    Imagine Nazri’s response to BN’s poor 13GE performance “Change BN’s name”.

    Why on God’s earth Najib keep people like this?

  3. It sure was shocking to see such low % representation of MPs from Johor in the new Cabinet. And Razali Ibrahim was not even made a full Minister. Halimah Saddique could have been appointed as a full Minister too.
    The Cabinet line up doesnt give me a sense of what the PM wants to emphasise on. A bit wishy washy.

  4. Umno Johor sumbang 15 kerusi. Itu hampir satu per enam kerusi Umno dalam parlimen.

    Untuk Muhiyiddin & Hishamuddin saja dlm kabinet menunjukkan jelas Najib tak hargai sumbangan Umno Johor.

    Mungkin ahli ahli Umno Johor boleh tunjukkan perasaan mereka dlm pemilihan Umno akan datang.

    • UMNO sumbang 21 kerusi Parlimen pd GE13.

      • Correction : UMNO Johor sumbang 21 kerusi Parlimen pd GE13.

    • Big Dog,

      I’m equally appalled with PM Najib’s Cabinet. Esp for Johoreans.

      Its alright to allocate more posts for Sabah & Sarawak. The voters deserve it. But not at the expense of states like Johor, Kedah & Melaka (no Cabinet representation).

      Five years ago Tun Dr Mahathir mooted the idea of ‘Council of Elders’, in the process of unseating Pak Lah for his abysmal performance as BN Chairman in 12GE.

      In his inaugral acceptance speech as UMNO President taking over from Pak Lah on 28 March 2009, PM Najib promised to have the ‘Council of Elders’.

      It never materialised.

      Instead he had advisers like JJ, Farid Ridhuan, Alies Anor, Shazali Ramli & Omar Ong.

      I know you are proud of Wahid Omar being appointed a minister. I’m sorry but I only see Wahid’s presence is continuing the Nor Mohamed Yackop agenda, since appointing Nazir Razak or Azman Mokhtar would render the PM highly unpopular.

      Back to some of the personalities, obviously PM Najib wasnt serious in his opening remark of announcing his Cabinet, “To fight corruption and carry on with the ‘Transformation’ “.

  5. BD Yes totally agree with you. Ghani was sacrificed for lim kit siang so he should be rewarded. Ambassador n senior minister perhaps? But johor didnt do its work as bastion of UMNO, lets not forget that. IT rested on its laurels too long.
    Sgor doesnt deserve a Minister for its rebellion within UMNO. But whose fault is that? This insult will not be forgotten. Dropping Noh Omar is not the answer. PM knows he is incompetent , and Zin, PM’s commander also equally out of touch and old school . As a leader Zin was divisive. So he got kicked out in Sepang.
    3 candidates who were losers from the starting line fielded against Azmin, Zuraida and Mr. Wangsa Maju. Whose fault is that when voices on the ground objected?And there are many similar anger in Sgor. So u r right to be upset with PM’s choice.
    So what happen to Joseph Salang, the man who was bullied by Rais as his deputy Minister? He was forgotten in the hype to please Sarawak reps close to Taib perhaps? Wake up PM. Joseph is influential so expect some earthquake. While on subject of Joseph Salang and Rais – PM , to win GE14 one key blogger suggested a purge of whole of KPKK ministry. Yes do it now . You have to change the leadership in MCMC/SKMM. Half of key people are pro Anwar, right under Rais’s nose. Like the problem in Petronas. Come on PM , TPM wake up!

    Please no more advisers who are sucking Najib’s blood like JJ, Farid Rizuan, Alies, Shazali, Ahmad Mazlan, Tg Adnan bla bla bla.Why PM still retain them? What did the money wasting events like jom IM4U bring? PM is in denial. Did the young voters and non malays swing to you? What about all the major fiestas in putrajaya and chinese dinner and free wifi celcom, advertising in the star bring you ? Nothing nothing nothing but they suck your money didnt they PM?You are surrounded by elitist successful ambitious rich Malays who got what they wanted , but at your, BN and rakyat’s expense.

    Look after the sub urban Malays and rural malays, they are the ones stil very loyal inspite of the thrashing given to BN. They deserve better development that u have been concentrating on in urban areas. Urbanites dont need anymore development. They need soul.

    Forget the simplistic reaching out with free notebooks and free internet hours for 30 minutes ! Its too laughable. Selfish urbanites prefer free internet cafes (not free 30minutes use ok…), free drinks and free burgers, free new handphones…and free entertainment. Their parents want cheaper affordable homes, and cheaper cars, better education that will promise success and better english that one sounds american or british and equality in the city. They have no idea that the chinese plan to surround and control city areas with housing developments and it will soon remove the comforts from urban malays. Well at least the DAP chinese have a great plan to lead.

  6. On the dot bro. Serve the malay umno voters najib. They have suffered enough with your 1malaysia adventure and your over the top generosity with the chinese voters. Remember what your father did for the poor malays with felda. Kembali lah ke pangkal jalan najib.

  7. Just hoping that UMNO will take care of Najip in the coming perhimpunan ,he just a lost UMNO leader. UMNO did well in the PRU 13 was never an Najib factor but the ‘thinking’ Malay already sense the uprising Chinese support towards DAP.

  8. Reminds me of arwah Azman Attar, longtime UMNO Batu division strongman, who famously told delegates during an UMNO general assembly: “When you are in power you must be powerful, otherwise you are bloody fool.” Perhaps he’s right…is there any point in being nice and popular but your party losing the elections?

  9. if ge13 was a war, pr leaders are the true warriors. they waged war to win, using every weapon and ammo mercilessly. alas, bn leaders pereferred to be glorified generals, lulled by the machinations of self-serving minions. In the midst of battle, some were already thinking of the spoils of war!

    • Tuan,

      Thank you.

      Very true and apt. Many UMNO leaders don’t deserve to win. However, their political existence as Yang Berhormat is by the grace of God al Mighty.


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