PUTRAJAYA, Jun 27 – A former minister is back in the cabinet and a deputy minister made a full minister in a cabinet reshuffle announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Monday. Najib also disclosed that Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah had stated his wish to end his tenure for personal reasons, while the portfolios of ministers under the Prime Minister’s Department would be restructured.
Former agriculture and agro-based industry minister Tan Sri Noh Omar will now helm the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry, while Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani moves up as Second Finance Minister. Najib also announced the appointment of three new deputy ministers and the re-appointment of a former deputy minister to strengthen the federal administration.
He said this is to ensure smooth continuation of the government’s development agenda for the people – economic development, welfare and security – as promised. The three new deputy ministers are Jerlun Member of Parliament (MP) Datuk Othman Aziz as Deputy Finance Minister, Silam MP Datuk Nasrun Datu Mansur as Plantation Industries and Commodities Deputy Minister, and Lawas MP Datuk Henry Sum Agong as Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Deputy Minister. MIC deputy president Datuk Seri S.K. Devamany is back as Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.
Najib said the cabinet reshuffle also involved the appointment of Datuk Seri Mah Siew Kiong, previously minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, as Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister, and Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan taking over as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU). The exchange of portfolios also involves Datuk Chua Tee Yong taking over as International Trade and Industry Deputy Minister from Datuk Lee Chee Leong who held Chua’s deputy minister post in the Finance Ministry. — Bernama