Prime Minister Najib has fulfilled his promise to look after the Mahathir dynasty through Mukhriz Mahathir.
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MUKHRIZ MAHATHIR got the lowest votes in the election for the UMNO Youth Chief in which Khairy Jamaluddin won. Instead of giving Khairy a cabinet by virtue of being an UMNO Youth Chief, Najib had to pay his debt to Mahathir Mohamad by appointing Mukhriz to his new cabinet as Deputy Minister.
The general view within UMNO is that Mahathir's cajoling from the sidelines had a significant impact on Najib. It prompted Najib to keep Khairy in cold storage and put Mukhriz on the main stage.
For the PM Najib, the choice was clear cut:
Appease Mahathir Mohamad or make an enemy out of him.Lim Kit Siang criticised Najib for for appointing losing Umno Youth chief candidate Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir as a deputy minister over Khairy Jamaluddin, who won the post.
"This reinforces public perception that Najib is under thumb of former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad," Lim said in a statement, adding there was a perception that the cabinet appointees were not clean. Read here for more
Najib Appoints Three Rejects from March 8, 2008 Election
- Koh Tsu Koon (Gerakan) -Made a Minister in the Prime Minister's Department for Unity Affairs & Performance Management (Gerakan). His Gerakan party was wiped out in Penang and he himself lost his seat in Penang
- Sharizat Abdul Jalil (UMNO)- Made a Minister for Women, Family and Society Development. She lost the Lembah Pantai seat to Nurul, daughter of Anwar Ibrahim.
- Chew Mei Fun (MCA) - Deputy Minister for Women, Family and Society Development. She lost her seat in Petaling Jaya Utara.
Khairy Slapped by Najib
"It's not to my expectations. Those who lost elections were given positions or retained while those who won were not."
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Not one slap. Not two slaps. But THREE slaps.
That was what Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin received at 3.15 pm when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak announced the line-up of ministers and deputy ministers.
- Slap One: Khairy Jamaluddin had been frozen out. He did not get any cabinet post despite being elected as the UMNO Youth Chief.
- Slap Two: Mukhriz Mahathir, who polled third in the Umno Youth contest, was appointed deputy minister in the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
- Slap Three: Razali Ibrahim, Khairy’s deputy in Umno Youth, was appointed deputy minister of Youth and Sports.
- there is an attempt to send him into political oblivion and
- Mahathir Mohamad exerted considerable influence in the composition of the Cabinet.
Najib Scared of Mahathir as an Enemy
His rationale: since Khairy was warned for money politics by the Umno disciplinary board, he was a corrupt politician. His inclusion in the Najib administration would infect the whole government.
The Najib camp worried about making an enemy of Dr Mahathir agreed with his reasoning, noting that they could not carry someone with baggage.
But Khairy’s supporters in Umno Youth found this argument curious because many of the members of the administration are carrying some baggage, including the PM.
Najib's Double Standards
Also, they pointed out that double standards appear to be at play here.
Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Ali Rustam was allowed to keep his position as chief executive of the state despite being found guilty of money politics and barred from contesting the party polls.
“This is a move to sideline Khairy and hope that his political career ends," said a senior Umno youth official.
He said that any Umno office bearer WITHOUT any government position is automatically disadvantaged because the person will not have a platform to travel around the country, logistical support or the ability to dish out patronage.
Mahathir Keeps Haunting Abdullah Badawi and Khairy by Pressuring Najib
Dr Mahathir has had a major beef with Khairy since identifying him as the power behind Abdullah and the one person who influenced him to undo some of the former prime minister’s pet policies and projects.
After successfully forcing Abdullah to cut short his two-year transition plan, he turned his sights on Khairy.
He appears well on the way to ending the political career of the youth chief and ensuring that at least someone from his blood line stays politically relevant.
Yesterday, Dr Mahathir denied that he lobbied Najib to appoint Mukhriz as a deputy minister, saying that he had never campaigned for any of his sons.
Those Who Lost Favour of Najib/Mahathir
The loyalists to Abdullah Abdullah Badawi were dropped,
- Rural Affairs Minister Muhammad Muhammad Taib,
- Tourism Minister Azalina Othman and
- Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar.
- Ong Ka Chuan (Housing and Local Government)
- Amirshah A Aziz (Minister in the PM's Department),
- Mohd Zin Mohamed (Works) and
- Zulhasnan Rafique (Federal Territories).
FULL LIST OF NAJIB'S CABINET
Najib Abdul Razak (Umno)
Deputy Prime Minister
Muhyiddin Yassin (Umno)
Ministers in the Prime Minister's Department
Koh Tsu Koon - Unity Affairs & Performance Management (Gerakan) - a March 8 Election Reject
Nazri Abdul Aziz - Minister in charge of Law and Parliament (Umno)
Nor Mohamed Yaakop - Economic Planning Unit (Umno)
Major Gen Jamil Khir Baharom - Islamic Affairs (Umno)
Liew Vui Keong (LDP)
Mashitah Ibrahim (senator, Umno)
SK Devamany (MIC)
Ahmad Maslan (Umno)
T Murugiah (senator, PPP)
Najib Abdul Razak (1) (Umno)
Ahmad Husni Hanadzlan (2) (Umno)
Chor Chee Heong (MCA)
Awang Adek Hussien (senator, Umno)
Muhyiddin Yassin (Umno)
Wee Ka Siong (MCA)
Puad Zarkashi (Umno)
Ong Tee Keat (MCA)
Abdul Rahim Bakri (Umno)
Robert Lau Hoi Chew (Supp-Sarawak)
Agricultural Development and Commodities
Bernard Dompok (Upko-Sabah)
Hamzah Zainuddin (Umno)
Hishammuddin Hussien (Umno)
Abu Seman Yusop (Umno)
Jelaing Mersat (SPDP-Sarawak)
Information, Communication, Arts and Culture
Rais Yatim (Umno)
Joseph Salang Gandum (PRS-Sarawak)
Heng Seai Kie (senator, MCA)
Energy, Green Technology and Water
Peter Chin Fah Kui (Supp-Sarawak)
Noriah Kasnon (Umno)
Rural Development and Territories
Shafie Apdal (Umno)
Hassan Malek (Umno)
Joseph Entulu Belaun (PRS-Sarawak)
Khaled Nordin (Umno)
Hou Kok Chung (MCA)
Saifuddin Abdullah (Umno)
International Trade and Industry
Mustapa Mohamad (Umno)
Mukhriz Mahathir (Umno)
Jacob Dungau Sagan (SPDP-Sarawak)
Science, Technology and Innovation
Dr Maximus Ongkili (PBS-Sabah)
Fadillah Yusof (PPB-Sarawak)
Natural Resources and Environment
Douglas Uggah Embas (PPB-Sarawak)
Joseph Kurup (PBRS-Sabah)
Ng Yen Yen (MCA)
Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Abdul Taib (PBB-Sarawak)
Noh Omar (Umno)
Johari Baharom (Umno)
Rohani Abdul Karim (PBB-Sarawak)
Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (Umno)
Abdul Latif Ahmad (Umno)
Shaziman Abu Mansor (Umno)
Yong Khoon Seng (Supp-Sarawak)
Liow Tiong Lai (MCA)
Rosnah Rashid Shilin (Umno)
Youth and Sports
Ahmad Shabery Cheek (Umno)
Razali Ibrahim (Umno)
Wee Jeck Seng (MCA)
Dr S Subramaniam (MIC)
Maznah Mazlan (Umno)
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs
Ismail Sabri Yaakob (Umno)
Tan Lian Hoe (Gerakan)
Housing and Local Government
Kong Cho Ha (MCA)
Lajim Ukin (Umno)
Women, Family and Society Development
Sharizat Abdul Jalil ( Umno) - a March 8 Election Reject
Chew Mei Fun (MCA) - a March 8 Election Reject
Anifah Aman (Umno)
A Kohilan Pillay (senator, Gerakan),
Lee Chee Leong (senator, MCA)
Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin (Umno)
M Saravanan (MIC)