PUTRAJAYA, July 28 (Bernama) — Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was dropped in a Cabinet reshuffle announced Tuesday and Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi named to take over as the new deputy prime minister.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who made the announcement, said Ahmad Zahid would retain the Home Ministry portfolio.
The announcement, carried live over television, sees the dropping of five ministers and the appointment of seven new ministers.
The ministers dropped are:
– Muhyiddin (Deputy Prime Minister/Education Minister);
– Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (Rural and Regional Development Minister);
– Datuk Seri Hasan Malek (Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister);
– Datuk Seri G. Palanivel (Natural Resources and Environment Minister); and
– Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin (Science, Technology and Innovation Minister);
Of the seven new ministers, three are deputy ministers who have been promoted.
– Datuk Hamzah Zainudin (Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister, from Deputy Foreign Minister);
– Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (Natural Resources and Environment Minister, from Deputy Home Minister); and
– Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid (Education Minister, from Deputy Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister);
The new faces among the ministers are:
– Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau (Science, Technology and Innovation Minister); and
– Senator Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Salleh Tun Said Keruak (Communications and Multimedia Minister);
Two people who have rejoined the Cabinet are:
– Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said (Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department);
– Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan (Second International Trade and Industry Minister);