SHAH ALAM: Prime Minister DS Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced his Cabinet this morning. With just 15 months before the next general elections, most of the ministers appointed were from the previous Cabinet with DS Hishammudin Hussein swapping his role at Wisma Putra to Jalan Padang Tembak for his second stint as minister and also with the title of Senior Minister. He joined cousin, DS Najib Razak for having a second ministerial stint at the ministry.
The Sembrong MP, was the Defence Minister during the Najib administration before being succeeded by Mohamad Sabu after the PH government took over following the May 2018 general elections. He became the Foreign Minister when the PN government took over from PH in March, 2020.
Hishammudin was appointed Senior Minister, barely a month ago by PM8 who resigned earlier this month after losing the majority.
In a previous post, I wrote that it would be better if Ismail Sabri continued with his stint at Jalan Padang Tembak instead of getting a replacement. I also wrote despite his experience, it would be better if Hishammuddin was not selected for the post due to his track record at the ministry but I guess Ismail Sabri had no other choice.
Ismail Sabri however retained the immediate former deputy Defence minister in the new Cabinet which means Tanah Merah MP Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz would returned to the ministry for a second stint.
Meanwhile, the immediate former Home Minister Hamzah Zainuddin was reappointed to the post together with the immediate former deputies Ismail Mohd Said and Jonathan Yassin.
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— Malaysian Defence