Najib must learn to control

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 08:26 PM PDT

Its good to have MCA and Gerakan in the Cabinet. They are our partners in Barisan Nasional and will remain that way.

Having their representatives will add flavor to PM Najib's effort in providing the rakyat with better and efficient services. New and fresh ideas from all component parties are assets that will help spur national growth and inject new level of confidence for his government.

However, Najib must learn to have 'total control' of his Cabinet members by not letting anybody makes improper statement that could pose rift within the ruling party.

As the prime minister, I personally believe its time for him to tell his subordinates to stop issuing unnecessary remarks that could imply his team as a 'cowboy Cabinet' - everyone can say anything outside the four walls! 
KUALA LUMPUR: The MCA leaders who were appointed into the Cabinet today will not stop from being critical of the government on issues that touches the rakyat, party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai guaranteed.
"We will continue to be critical, we want the government to continue to have great support from the people, we (are) life partners and will make sure that Barisan Nasional (BN) will continue to be strong and continue listening to the people on the ground," Liow, who is now Transport Minister, told newsmen at the party's headquarters here.
He said BN treats each component as equal partners and consensus was needed for every important decision.
Liow meant no harm but some quarters were already lambasting him for making such a statement. BN and Umno media social players also criticised him, some calling him and MCA as being ungrateful.

There were some misunderstandings to what he said. Nothing's wrong to criticise the government when the people's interest matters most but when it was put in such a manner, MCA was giving an impression that it was with the opposition.

However, had Liow said 'we will discuss it within BN's four walls', he would have earned a lot of respect.

Najib, from now on, must be able to navigate the Cabinet without having to bear headache with things like this. We had heard many BN leaders hurling accusation at each other in the open forum, making stupid remarks about their own political pact and belittling the government's initiatives.

All these must be discussed behind close door. Any disappointment and dissatisfaction should go to the discussion table and not using the media as a main outlet.

Yes, there are problems within BN but Najib must be in command or such outbursts could add more damage to the ruling party. Or are we in rehearse to become an opposition party in the next general election since Pakatan Rakyat domestic problems too are becoming 'public properties'?

Told u, just new appointments

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 11:36 PM PDT

I've said in my previous posting that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak will not 'ship out' any of the ministers and deputy ministers in his Cabinet 'reshuffle' but will appoint a few from BN components MCA and Gerakan.

True indeed.

While the mainstream and social media produced 'heavy materials' on the possibility of major reshuffles, I guess I was the only one seeing the 'practicality' of a no reshuffle.

In fact, there were wild contemplations and prophecies about Umno's three vice-president namely Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Shafie Apdal and Hishammuddin Hussein 'switching positions' while one or two ministers and deputies will be axed for their under-par performance.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has announced a minor cabinet reshuffle in which he co-opted the leaders from MCA and Gerakan into his team.
MCA received two ministerial and three deputy ministers' posts, while Gerakan got one.
As expected, Najib appointed the presidents of MCA and Gerakan into the Cabinet. 
‎MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai is now Transport Minister, taking over the portfolio temporarily helmed by Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein. 
Gerakan president Datuk Mah Siew Keong, who won the Teluk Intan by-election last month, is now a Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, alongside MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.
Meanwhile, MCA vice-presidents Datuk Lee Chee Leong, Datuk Chua Tee Yong and Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun were appointed deputy ministers. 
Lee is now with International Trade and Industry Ministry, while Chua and Chew are Deputy Finance Minister and Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister respectively. 
Najib said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has agreed for the swearing-in of the new cabinet members this Friday at Istana Negara.
Yes, there were speculations, contemplations and suggestions but Najib made the right decision today. One year is not enough for the report card to proof anything good or bad the Cabinet members had done.

Some may contest the announcement but still, its PM's prerogative right to do so.

Those who came up with various jottings about a big reshuffle may be taken aback but they are obviously the ones with their own agenda.

However, let's wait for another year. Those who escaped today's announcement may sigh with relief but they should try their best to avoid the axe in the next reshuffle...


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