SHAH ALAM: Who will be the new Defence Minister? I believed most of you are aware that PM8 is expected to resign this afternoon (August 16, 2021) and the King may or may not accept his recommendation for a successor or even appoint a new temporary chief executive to head the government pending a general election to be decided later. The King could also asked the Parliament to decide who will be the next PM or even appoint a new one after he accepted that the person has the backing of the majority. Failing which he will announced the dissolution of the parliament paving the way for the next general elections. For insight who is suitable to become PM9, please feel free to read up the MSM and the other news website.
Update: The King has accepted the resignation of PM8 and his Cabinet and has also appointed him as the caretaker PM until new one is appointed. It is not clear however whether one can be sworn in soon or a general election is needed.
You might also be aware several names have been mentioned as PM9 either as acting one, pending polls or permanent one until the next crisis. I have no favourites for the various names mentioned already but if a new administration is set up from the current one, hopefully the office at Jalan Padang Tembak is taken up the immediate past minister, Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
Ismail (centre) at the launch of the Greater Klang Valley Task Force on August 6. Tenter Darat picture
No, I don’t think he did a great job as the minister- he had not make any decision that ruled him out – but it is better for continuity sake especially if its just to wait for the next polls. There will be no need for briefings and other things for a completely new one especially if it just to warm up the seat waiting for the next poll.
If, however, the King or parliament decided that the PM9 will be Anwar Ibrahim, I would suggest the Port Dickson MP appoint someone new from his political coalition though I have no idea who will be suitable. Perhaps one of the younger MPs could be suitable for the job.
The previous one, Mohamad Sabu is certainly unsuitable for the post even though he also had experience running the show from mid 2018 to March 2019. The fact that his ex-political secretary was charged with corruption charges during his tenure as minister is certainly the main reason why he should not returned to Jalan Padang Tembak.
Yes, some of you might claimed that the corruption charges were politically motivated but one must consider the fact that one of the ex political secretary accomplices, the former head of military intelligence had pleaded guilty to the charges as somewhat a proof of the validity of them.
Mat Sabu predecessor, Hishammudin Hussein is also unsuitable for the post, in my opinion, due to his track record. The other two former defence ministers are also unsuitable for the post as they have court cases pending against them therefore unlikely to be considered in the first place. The third one might feel insulted even if offered the post.
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