KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — Following the announcement of the 27 ministers last Friday (2 December), Malaysia Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim further named 27 deputy ministers for 26 ministries of his unity government Cabinet.
Among the list include Ahmad Maslan, United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) secretary-general, who has been appointed as Deputy Finance Minister. He had served in the same post during Najib Razak’s administration.
Steven Sim Chee Keong from Democratic Action Party (DAP) was also appointed along with Ahmad Maslan as Deputy Minister of Finance. He was the former Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports during Pakatan Harapan (PH) government before 2020.
Anwar announced the deputies list at 8.15 pm tonight (9 Dec) after an audience with the Malaysia King this afternoon.
Lim Guan Eng’s Sister In The List
Although DAP chairman Lim Guan Eng embattled with a court case, did not appear in Anwar’s cabinet, his younger sister Lim Hui Ying was appointed as the Deputy Education Minister.
There is only one deputy minister for each ministry, except the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Ministry of Finance, which is helmed by Anwar himself being assigned two deputy ministers.
It is believed that the portfolios for national unity, PMO’s Religious, and Sabah and Sarawak affairs have yet to be announced.
All deputy ministers will be sworn in tomorrow before Yang di-Pertuan Agong at Istana Negara tomorrow 3 pm.
Following tonight’s announcement, Anwar concluded his complete cabinet list with a total of 28 ministers (including the PM) and 27 deputy ministers.
Smaller Cabinet Size Compare To Predecessors
His predecessors, Muhyiddin Yassin and Ismail Sabri, had a larger cabinet with more than 30 ministers and nearly 40 deputies.
Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof from GPS were appointed Deputy Prime Ministers.
The top leaders from three main coalitions (PH, BN and Gabungan Parti Sarawak(GPS)) in Anwar’s unity government will share the top posts in government.
PH led by Anwar, holds 15 Minister posts, while BN have been appointed six ministerial posts, GPS gained five posts, and Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) assigned one.
For deputy minister posts, Anwar assigned 13 PH MP’s, six from the GPS, six from BN coalition, and each WARISAN and GRS from Sabah assigned one minister post.
Shariah court chief judge Mohd Na’im Mokhtar is the sole non-politician minister in Anwar’s Cabinet, he was appointed as Minister in Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs).
The minister from the unity government had agreed to take a 20 per cent monthly pay cut until the economy recovers.
The Full List Of Anwar’s Cabinet:
PM: Anwar Ibrahim (PH)
DPM: Ahmad Zahid Hamidi(BN)
DPM: Fadillah Yusof(GPS)
1) Prime Minister Office:
- Minister(Law and Institutional Reformation): Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said(BN)
- Minister (Sabah and Sarawak affairs): Datuk Armizan Mohd Ali (GRS)
- Minister(Religous Affairs): Datuk Seri Mohd Na’im Mokhtar (National Chief Judge)
- Deputy: Ramkarpal Singh (PH) (on Law and Institutional Reformation)
- Deputy: Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong (GPS)
- Minister: Anwar Ibrahim
- Deputy: Haji ahmad bin Maslan (BN)
- Deputy: Steven Sim Chee Keong (PH)
3)Ministry of rural and regional development:
- Minister: Ahmad Zahid
- Deputy: Datuk Rubiah Wang (GPS)
4)Ministry of Agriculture and Commodities:
- Minister: Fadillah Yusof
- Deputy: Datuk Siti Aminah Aching (BN)
5)Ministry of Transport (MoT):
- Minister: Anthony Loke (PH)
- Deputy: Datuk Hasbi Habibollah (GPS)
6) Home Ministry:
- Minister: Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (PH)
- Deputy: Datuk Seri Shamsul Anuar Nasarah (BN)
7）Ministry of Economy:
- Minister: Rafizi bin Ramli (PH)
- Deputy: Datuk Hanifah Hajar Taib (GPS)
8）Ministry of Local Government:
- Minister: Nga Kor Ming(PH)
- Deputy: Akmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir (PH)
9）Ministry of Defence (MINDEF):
- Minister: Mohd bin Haji Hasan(BN)
- Deputy: Adli Zahari (PH)
10）Ministry of Works:
- Minister: Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi (GPS)
- Deputy: Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Mohamad (BN)
11）Ministry of Digital Communication:
- Minister: Fahmi Fadzil (PH)
- Deputy: Teo Nie Ching (PH)
12）Ministry of International Trade and Industry(MITI):
- Minister: Senator Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul(former Finance Minister under Ismail Sabri’s govt)
- Deputy: Liew Chin Tong (PH)
- Minister: Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin(BN)
- Deputy: Yusof Apdal (WARISAN, PH’s ally in Sabah)
14）Ministry of Science and Technology:
- Minister: Chang Lih Kang(PH)
- Deputy: Datuk Arthur Joseph Kurup (BN- Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah)
15）Ministry of Women, Family, and Community Development:
- Minister: Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri (GPS)
- Deputy: Aiman Athirah Sabu (PH)
16）Ministry of Domestic Trade and Cost of Living:
- Minister: Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub(PH vice president)
- Deputy: Fuziah Salleh (PH)
17）Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment, and Climate Change:
- Minister: Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad(PH)
- Deputy: Dato’ Sri Huang Tiong Sii (GPS)
18）Ministry of Foreign Affairs :
- Minister: Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir(BN)
- Deputy: Datuk Mohamad Alamin (BN)
19）Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives:
- Minister: Datuk Ewon Benedick(PH-UPKO from Sabah)
- Deputy: Saraswathi Kandasamy (PH)
20）Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture(MoTAC):
- Minister: Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (GPS)
- Deputy: Khairul Firdaus Akbar Khan (GRS)
21）Ministry of Education:
- Minister: Fadhlina Sidek (PH)
- Deputy: Lim Hui Ying (PH)
22）Ministry of Unity:
- Minister: Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang (GPS)
23)Ministry of Youth and Sports :
- Minister: Hannah Yeoh (PH)
- Deputy: Adam Adli Abd Halim (PH)
24) Ministry of Health:
- Minister: Dr Zaliha Mustafa (PH)
- Deputy: Lukanisman Awang Sauni (GPS)
25) Ministry of Human Resources:
- Minister: V. Sivakumar(PH)
- Deputy: Mustapha Sakmud (PH)
26) Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security
- Minister: Mohamad Sabu (PH)
- Deputy: Chan Foong Hin (PH)