Puad: Why the need now for four senior ministers?

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It is unnecessary for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to have four senior ministers now that he has appointed a deputy prime minister (DPM), said Mohd Puad Zakarshi.

The Umno supreme council member said the appointment of four senior ministers was a waste of time and questioned the significance of their roles besides receiving special treatment such as police escorts.

“What are their roles and powers, aside from getting a police escort?” he said in a Facebook posting.

He said Muhyiddin’s cabinet of 70 people, with 31 ministers and 38 deputy ministers, was too big.

“With this Covid-19 pandemic, the post of senior minister, including ministerial representatives, should be terminated. It is wasteful and no teamwork,” he added.


He reminded Putrajaya of what a high-ranking Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) officer had said, in that the Malaysia is in the third wave of the pandemic because of a lack of integrated action and coordinated directives.

He was referring to the remarks of the head of management of the MAF health services division head, Brigadier General Dr Mohd Arshil Moideen, in a recent Astro Awani report.

Arshil said that there was a lack of unified action and coordination in the handling of the Covid-19 situation in the country.

“Now, it looks like only four ministers are working. There is one minister whose job is to open the ‘backdoor’ and that’s a senior minister,” said Puad.

Last week, Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob was appointed DPM while Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein was made a senior minister for security.

Hishammuddin replaces Ismail as the senior minister in charge of the security cluster.

The other senior ministers in the cabinet are Azmin Ali (economy), Fadillah Yusof (infrastructure development), and Radzi Jidin (education).

Muhyiddin did not appoint a deputy prime minister, but instead, named a line-up of four senior ministers when he formed his cabinet in March last year. – TMI