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MALAYSIA: DR MAHATHIR NAMES NINE MORE MINISTERS, MAKING INITIAL CABINET LINE-UP OF 14

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia May 19 (NNN-Bernama) � Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday announced the names of nine more ministers of his Cabinet, bringing to 14 the total number of its initial line-up.

In a statement, he named PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali as the Minister of Economic Affairs and DAP deputy chairman Gobind Singh Deo as the Minister of Communications and Multimedia.

He appointed Simpang Renggam MP Dr Maszlee Malik of Bersatu as the Education Minister; PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin as the Housing and Local Government Minister; DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke Siew Fook as the Minister of Transport and DAP vice-president M. Kulasegaran as the Minister of Human Resource.

The others named yesterday are Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub, as the Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry; Amanah strategic director Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, as the Minister of Health; and Titiwangsa MP Rina Harun of Bersatu, as the Minister of Rural Development.

Dr Mahathir had previously named Deputy Prime Minister and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the Minister of Women and Family Development; Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin as the Minister of Home Affairs; DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng as the Minister of Finance and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu as the Minister of Defence.

Dr Mahathir said Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Malaysia’s King) Sultan Muhammad V had given his consent to the appointment of the ministers.

He said the ministers would be sworn in at 11.30 am on Monday, May 21, at Istana Negara (Palace).

Their appointments are in accordance with Paragraph (b) Clause (2) Article 43 of the Federal Constitution, he said.

Earlier, Dr Mahathir had an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at Istana Negara and presented the list of ministers for His Majesty’s consent.–NNN-BERNAMA

Source: NAM News Network

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