Some heads must roll

Posted: 09 Jun 2014 06:59 PM PDT

Rumors are rife that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak will announce a Cabinet reshuffle upon his return from Turkmenistan on Thursday.

It might happen on Friday or next week but the sooner the better as it will put a stop to the much speculations and 'prophecies' about who would be retained and booted after given a year to proof themselves.

I myself would like to see new faces join Najib's Cabinet while a few non-performers must be axed, especially those who stirred BN lots of problem or already became a reliability to the prime minister.

According to the Malay Mail, the reshuffle may be a major one rather than just to accommodate the presidents of two Barisan Nasional component parties.

Sources said Najib was considering a major overhaul of his administrative line-up since instead of just bringing in MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and his Gerakan counterpart Datuk Mah Siew Keong.

The new line-up could be announced as early as Friday and latest after Hari Raya which is expected to fall on July 28.

"This change he is considering may even involve the three Umno vice-presidents — Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.

"Najib knows he needs to revitalise his Cabinet and what better way than to move his ministers around," said a party official.

Traditionally, the three Umno vice-presidents are accorded senior Cabinet posts to reflect their party position.

Word has it that the Prime Minister is considering Hishammuddin for the Finance Minister's post which Najib has held since September 2008 when he was still Deputy Prime Minister under Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Hishammuddin now holds the Defence portfolio and is also acting Transport Minister — a post Najib asked him to hold on to while waiting for the MCA to decide on rejoining the Cabinet.

Home Minister Zahid could see a return to the Defence portfolio — a position that he thoroughly enjoyed and excelled prior to the 13th general election last year. Najib is said to want to take over the Home Ministry which he has never helmed in his long political career.

Shafie is not expected to be moved from his two-term portfolio as Rural and Regional Development Minister. Party officials, however, say they would not be surprised if Shafie is moved as there are several other important ministries that affect the rural folk, for example, the Agriculture Ministry.


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