PUTRAJAYA: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was dropped in a Cabinet reshuffle announced today and Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was namedto take over as the new deputy prime minister.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who made the announcement, said Dr Ahmad Zahid would retain the Home Ministry portfolio.
The announcement, carried live over television, sees the dropping of five ministers and the appointment of seven new ministers.
The ministers dropped are: Muhyiddin (Deputy Prime Minister/Education Minister), Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (Rural and Regional Development Minister), Datuk Seri Hasan Malek (Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister), Datuk Seri G. Palanivel (Natural Resources and Environment Minister) and Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin (Science, Technology and Innovation Minister) .
Of the seven new ministers, three are deputy ministers who have been promoted.
They are: Datuk Hamzah Zainudin (Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister, from Deputy Foreign Minister), Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (Natural Resources and Environment Minister, from Deputy Home Minister) and Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid (Education Minister, from Deputy Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister)
The new faces among the ministers are: Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau (Science, Technology and Innovation Minister) and Senator Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Salleh Tun Said Keruak (Communications and Multimedia Minister)
Two people who have rejoined the Cabinet are: Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said (Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department) and Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan (Second International Trade and Industry Minister).
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek will take up the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry portfolio.
He takes over the position of Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who is now Rural and Regional Development Minister. The Higher Education Ministry has been re-created and led by Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.
Najib also announced nine new deputy ministers who include Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, the Public Accounts Committee chairman; Puteri Umno chief Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin and Kepala Batas member of Parliament Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican.
They are deputy ministers for the Rural and Regional Development; Tourism and Culture; and Foreign ministries respectively.
The other deputy ministers are Datuk Wira Mohd Johari Baharum (Defence Ministry), Senator Datuk Dr Ashraf Wajdi Dusuki (Prime Minister’s Department), Chong Sin Woon (Education Ministry), Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakob (Rural and Regional Development Ministry), Masir Kujat (Home Ministry) and Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani (Finance Ministry).
The new cabinet line-up involves 25 ministries and 37 ministers compared to 24 ministries and 32 ministers before this. -BERNAMA