The Chinese Chauvinist DAP’s Political Education Director Liew Chin Tong is a really an incurable imbecile. His arguments for Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak to consider for reshuffling his 2013 Cabinet is really moronic.
The Riong Kali dot com story:
Three-point advice to Najib on cabinet reshuffle – Liew Chin Tong
Published: 3 June 2014 | Updated: 3 June 2014 5:37 PM
As Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak returns from his overseas trip and as the Bukit Gelugor and Teluk Intan by-elections concluded, it is reasonable to believe that a cabinet reshuffle is on the cards, either before Parliament sits on June 9 or immediately after Parliament rises on June 19.
In the interest of the nation, I would like to offer my three-point advice to the prime minister on what the people of Malaysia expects of the reshuffle:
1. Reduce size of the cabinet.
Najib should take a leaf off new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s playbook to reduce the size of his cabinet although with the re-entry of MCA and Gerakan into the cabinet, it is quite likely that the cabinet will be further bloated.
Modi reduced the size of the frontbench from 79 members to 45. India has a population of 1.2 billion. Malaysia has 32 full ministers and 25 deputy ministers, i.e., 57 frontbenchers. It’s time for Najib to name a more professional, efficient and lean cabinet.
2. Appoint a full-time finance minister
Since Tun Daim Zainuddin completed his second tour as finance minister in 2001, the portfolio has been held by successive prime ministers from Dr Mahathir Mohamad to Abdullah Badawi and now Najib, with a brief exception between September 2008 and April 2009 when Najib snatched the coveted post from Abdullah.
With mounting economic challenges from inflation to high-indebtedness and the inability of the Malaysian economy to transform from labour-intensive to skill and technology-based, there is a need for a safe pair of hands to steer the economy.
The jolt to the economy from the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) next year further requires someone who understands the economy at helm. Internal accountability of our cabinet system requires a collegial check-and-balance relationship between the prime minister and the finance minister.
It is a great disservice to the nation if Najib continues to hold the portfolio of finance concurrently just for the sake of controlling the financial largesse this portfolio afforded.
If I am forced to name a relatively reputable candidate for finance post from within Umno’s limited pool of talent, I would choose Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamad.
3. Appoint a new foreign minister
So many things disappear from Malaysia, including her foreign minister. While the foreign portfolio is highly sought after in cabinets of other countries, no serious Umno leader is interested in the post because there is very little contracts the minister can award from this ministry.
Hence the post is given to Anifah Aman who allegedly has very little interest in foreign affairs.
The diplomatic corps in Kuala Lumpur complain of the disappearance of the foreign minister to the extent that ambassadors have to engage Minister of International Trade and Industry Mustapa Mohamad as if he is the acting foreign minister.
The mishandling of public communication with the world during the height of the MH370 incident highlighted the need for a new foreign minister to speak for the nation, chart a new path, set priorities and formulate clear policies.
Again, if I have to choose from Umno’s limited pool, Tourism Minister Nazri Aziz is a far better choice as foreign minister than Anifah Aman.
I will offer more advice in the days to come to shape the discussion on cabinet reshuffle. – June 3, 2014.
* Liew Chin Tong is the DAP MP for Kluang.
There is nothing wrong of the existing 32 members Cabinet . In fact, it should be bigger. There are 14 BN component parties. If the ratio is average to three per party, then the Cabinet should be at least 42 members.
The current 32 Cabinet members are also providing policy and leadership to over 1.2 million civil servants. That is an average of 40,000 civil servants per Cabinet member. The ratio should be smaller, so that better leadership and policy supervision is enabled for improved of deliver.
That is for the betterment of the rakyat.
The Federal Government is very consistent in the formulation policies for socio-economic development as well as strategic and tactical macro economic plans designed for growth, which are implemented simultaneous. The priority to ensure that development and amenities are being provided to all, in every nooks and crannies across this nation as important as maintaining above 5% economic growth and even steeper trade curve
There is nothing defective with the current Ministry of Finance (MOF) structure and political formula. When Tun Daim Zainuddin left the MOF job for the second time in 2001, the Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad provided strong and sound leadership by having a Second Minister Dato’ Dr. Jamaluddin Jarjis to ensure the policy is being translated and implemented.
The damage of the 1997-8 Asian Financial Crisis was fully restored and capital and financial markets were brought back into more formidable position where the consolidation of banks and financial institution and later capital market firms were completed.
Market confidence became better so much so that in 11GE April 2004, BN had a thumping landslide win with 90% control of the Dewan Rakyat.
Dato’ Seri Anifah Aman is a brilliant Foreign Minister. In fact, Anifah filled the post of previously illustrious FMs such as Tun Hj Abdul Razak Hussein and Tun Mohamad Ghazali “King Ghaz” Shafiee. The Foreign policy of Malaysia under Anifah, positioned the nation in great importance in the intricate, delicate and complicated game of international diplomacy.
Anifah provided the leadership in the rally of Malaysia’s nomination as the Non Permament Member of the UN Security Council 2015-6 to a point where the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is happy with the progress.
24 May 2014| last updated at 11:45AM
Ban Ki-Moon happy over Malaysia’s nomination for UN seat
NEW YORK: United Nations (UN) secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon has expressed his happiness over Malaysia’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council, here Friday.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said this was conveyed to him during his courtesy call on the secretary-general at his office in the UN.
“He was very pleased that Malaysia is vying for the non-permanent seat of the Security Council,” he told a press conference after the meeting.
Also present was Malaysia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Datuk Hussein Haniff.
Anifah said various issues were discussed during the meeting including the situation in Thailand, Syria and Ukraine.
“He also had a high regard for our peacekeepers and requested further assistance and contribution when possible,” Anifah said.
According to him, Ban also expressed his sympathy over the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 tragedy and wanted him to personally convey this to Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Malaysian plane with 239 people aboard vanished while over the South China Sea about an hour into its Kuala Lumpur-Beijing flight in the early hours of March 8.
A serach operation is underway in the southern Indian Ocean, in waters off western Australia.
“Alhamdulillah, I am generally happy with the working visit which I feel has met its objective,” Anifah said about his five-day working visit.
He was also optimistic that there would be more support especially from members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) during the meeting of foreign ministers of the movement in Algeria next week.
Anifah is expected to leave for Algeria tomorrow. — BERNAMA
Read more: Ban Ki-Moon happy over Malaysia’s nomination for UN seat – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/ban-ki-moon-happy-over-malaysia-s-nomination-for-un-seat-1.604093#ixzz33gV0JT3a
Malaysia’s role amongst ASEAN, Commonwealth, OIC and NAM is also taking more prominent stage.
Anifah is playing role which paved the way ahead before Prime Minister Najib engages world leaders such as President Xi Jinping of China, President Barack H Obama of United States, Prime Minister David Cameron of United Kingdom, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia and more.
This not withstanding in various international forums where Malaysia’s stance and voice is heard.
Probably Liew’s mental capacity and intellectual inability is unable to fathom that simple logical notion. The fact that the MP for Kimanis to play this role and translate Malaysia’s foreign policy and international stance and position effectively, the he had to physically present himself with his counterparts or even world leaders ahead or preceding Prime Minister Najib’s visit, speeches and/or requests.
Liew should start to politically educate himself to think before he shoots his mouth. Then probably Chinese Chauvinist DAP could present itself as a worthy member of the Oppositions’ coalition as the Federal Government if and when Malaysians could be hoodwink to give them power to rule.