SHAH ALAM: PM10 DS Anwar Ibrahim announced his Cabinet lineup today. Anwar is doing double duty as the Finance Minister. BN chairman DS Zahid Hamidi and Petra Jaya MP Fadillah Yusof were appointed as deputy PMs. Zahid also became the Rural Development and Territories Minister while Fadillah also takes up Plantations and Commodities portfolio.
BN Deputy chairman and Rembau MP DS Mohamad Hassan takes over as Defence Minister while DS Shaifuddin Nasution Ismail is the Home Minister. Shaifuddin will be appointed as senator to take up the portfolio as he lost Kulim-Bandar Baharu constituency in the 15th general election. He had been the incumbent since 2013.
Mohamad or Mat Hassan and better known as Tok Mat is 66 years old, in my opinion, much too old, for Jalan Padang Tembak. He is two years older than Mat Sabu when he was the Defence Minister from May 2018 to January 2020. I know other previous defence ministers were older than Mohamad (DS Ismail Sabri and DS Hishammuddin Hussein) which is the reason I prefer someone younger the portfolio. Anyhow, it is interesting to note that Mat Hassan was named as the Defence Minister in the cabinet list that was circulated earlier this week. That list has him as the DPM as well though.
Will Mat Hassan make a big impression in Jalan Padang Tembak with the white elephant looming in background? Only time will tell.
As for Shaifuddin, he is 59 this year. Again, much too old in my opinion. But since he is a true Anwar’s loyalist, his appointment to Home, is not surprising. Shaiffudin who left Umno in 1999 to support PKR, has been the party’s secretary-general since 2020. Among others he will have to resolve various issues with the police, immigration and the MMEA including the late delivery of the OPVs.
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