Cabinet’s 100-day report card: Worst 3 ministers’ performances

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Not to shame but to hopefully jolt them into pulling up their socks for taxpayers’ sake.

PM Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s administration has just passed the psychological 100-day mark. A carnival was held in Kuala Lumpur to commemorate the event, with the PM proclaiming that his Cabinet has achieved 90% overall performance.


Two leading think tanks even ranked the Ministers according to their individual track record over the past 100 days. I am not sure what the KPIs for the Ministers were as they were not made public prior. Personally, I find that many Ministers had underperformed. And I would like to list my personal worst three, not to shame them, but to hopefully jolt them into pulling up their socks for taxpayers’ sake.

Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz

We are having the worst economic crisis in recent times due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This millionaire ex-banker royalty who lives in an ivory tower is obviously detached from the masses.

For months, Malaysians have been asking the government to allow EPF contributors to withdraw their savings to tide them over. In fact, i-Citra and i-Sinar are the top keywords searched by Malaysians on Google this year (source). He has refused to budge as obviously he has no inkling about the hardships ordinary Malaysians go through. Please have a heart, dear Minister!

And let’s not get started about the Toyota Vellfire controversy. The MoF had the cheek to say that Cabinet Ministers have switched from Proton Perdana to Toyota Vellfire due to a savings of RM2.80. At a time of economic hardships, does he take us for fools?!

Senior Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Azmin Ali

At a time when Malaysia is in dire need of foreign direct investments (FDIs) to jumpstart its coronavirus-battered economy, this senior Minister appears more interested in politicking.

Having been complicit in the downfall of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in August, this ambitious political chameleon has been busy positioning himself as the DPM – to no avail.

Rightfully, Azmin should be busy drawing FDIs, enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs, and aggressively leading trade missions abroad – not busy engineering his elevation to be the next PM.

God forbid Azmin goes any higher in politics. Malaysians have not forgotten about the sodomy confession by his ex-PKR colleague. Is someone who’s implicated in a sex crime in Malaysia fit to be a leader? Going by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, definitely not. So definitely Azmin is no leader material, let alone DPM or PM.

It’s a wonder why the police have not given updates on the criminal case despite a confession and supposed video of the act. The public has a right to know.

Federal Territory Minister Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim

This former Perlis Menteri Besar who was implicated in a molest case, of which charges were dropped later, is all about form, with hardly any substance. Upon taking office, he gave out his personal phone numbers and that of his deputy and KL mayor to the public, asking them to get in touch if they have problems with potholes. In no time, their phones were inundated with public complaints, leaving the complaints mechanism paralysed. So much drama, so little done.

Let’s not forget that this drama king kicked up a fuss when he was not accorded VIP status during the Malaysia Cup final between KLFC and Johor’s JDT recently. His subsequent declaration of an unscheduled public holiday over the KL team’s win has only angered the business community and is said to have cost the economy RM400 million in lost output.

The views expressed here are strictly those of The True Net reader Abdul Aziz Sulaiman from Johor Baru.