Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has announced a small Cabinet of ministers. The deputy ministers will be announced later.
PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has unveiled a 28-member Cabinet for his unity government. As promised, it is a leaner Cabinet than that of his predecessor, Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
Five women are appointed as ministers, the same number as the Pakatan Harapan Cabinet of 2018. Four persons appointed as ministers are not MPs and must be appointed as senators before they can take office. They are Tengku Zafrul Aziz and Saifuddin Nasution, Zambry Abd Kadir and Na’im Mokhtar.
The political composition of the Cabinet is: Pakatan Harapan (15 seats) through PKR, DAP, Amanah and Upko; Barisan Nasional (6) through Umno; Gabungan Parti Sarawak (5) through PBB, PRS and PDP; and Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (1) through Sabah Bersatu.
Of the parties, Anwar’s party PKR has most with 8, followed by Umno (6), DAP (4), Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (3), Amanah (2), Sabah Bersatu (1), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (1), People’s Democratic Party (1) Upko (1).
The new Cabinet includes five MPs from Sarawak and two from Sabah.
The Sarawakian members are Fadillah Yusof, Alexander Nanta Linggi, Tiong King Sing, Nancy Shukri and Aaron Ago Dagang, all from GPS.
The Sabahans are Ewon Benedick of PH and Armizan Mohd Ali of GRS.
The sole Cabinet member who is not a member of a political party is Na’im Mokhtar, 55, who is Chief Judge of the Shariah Court. He is also director-general of the shariah judiciary department.