Sunday, January 15, 2012

Time to use the reshuffle card

Mingguan Malaysia news today [read here] quoted Dato Seri Najib telling Barisan Nasional (BN) not fear the nationwide road tour of Dato Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim. It is meant to revive BN members' spirit, discouraged by the acquittal of Anwar's sodomy case.

Earlier in the week, he made a more alarming call on UMNO members to wake up from their slumber and face-up to the rising opposition wave. A week earlier, he was at a function that attracted a crowd of 1,000 against Anwar's nearby function of 5,000 attendance.

Najib could be too much of an aristocratic gentlemen to realise that Theory Y alone is not enough. Motivation and incentives, typically money allocation in UMNO, may not necessarily awake them long enough. It is time for the Theory X i.e. to wield the stick.

In a feudel-cultured organisation like UMNO, it has to start from the top. Najib have ignored the reshuffle call many times before using all sort of excuses. The last being mid-last week.

This time he has to use this card. A major cabinet and UMNO's organisational reshuffle is desperately needed to revive confidence in his government and leadership in UMNO. Political balancing will not be ignored, but it is paramount that he shows what the Najib team is made off.

The reshuffle is the best time to showcase the "pencapaian diutamakan (performance first)" portion of his 1Malaysia slogan.

As earlier as May 2010, there was a pro-UMNO bloggers campaign for a cabinet reshuffle and to revive the Pemuda UMNO.

True enough, it is proven today that Najib's current cabinet aka legacy of slumberjack Tun Dol is laden with Ministers who are either incompetent or shooting Najib's feet or both. While, the Pemuda and Puteri UMNO movements are weak and lethargic.

During that campaign, the bloggers' list was wee bit too long and politically not feasible. Some party position must be given cabinet position.

ABITW is giving our honest no hold barred selective comments on the existing cabinet members, to focus on the UMNO Ministerial list and highlighting only few component party Minister. See below:

Dato Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak (Prime Minister/Finance Minister)

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (Deputy Prime Minister/Education)

Prime Minister's Department
Senator Dato Palanivel a/l Govindasamy
Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon (Unity and Performance Management)
He is not running in next general election. Drop him. Racial unity on the decline. Pemandu is Dato Idris Jala show.
Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz (Law and Parliament)
Well suited for this post but could undertake more senior role.
Brig. Gen. (Rtd) Datuk Jamil Khir Baharum (Religious Affairs)
Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop (Economic Planning Unit)
Drop and investigate him. Too much controversies. Legacy icon of Tun Dol aka Slumberjack. Return role to Civil Servant.
Senator Dato Seri Idris Jala (Pemandu)
His policies are too neo-liberal and not in sync with PM's non Melayu liberal spirit. Look for his speech at UiTM in a Perkasa do. PM need to neutralise Idris (and Omar Ong) with more realistic policy thinkers or he will have problem with the Malay constituencies.

Deputies: Datuk Liew Vui Keong, Senator Datuk Dr Mashitah Ibrahim, Datuk SK Devamany, Ahmad Maslan, Senator T. Murugiah
Drop Dr Mashitah. Potential problem.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
Time to Finance portfolio. time consuming and reduce his effectiveness. Can cut perceived baggage of Nazir. Suggested replacement Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Could allay rumour of friction between them. If not politically comfortable, suggest Husni Hanazlah.
Finance Minister II: Datuk Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah
Deputies: Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussein
Sent Awang Adek to PM Dept till corruption allegation cleared. Should attend Communication 101 class.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
Replaced by Zahid Hamidi. Long shot choice replacement: Datuk Dr Puad Zarkashi. The need for continuity in education policy. Teachers are sick with ever changing education policy with changes in Minister. If not considered for Finance, suggest defense.
Deputies: Datuk Wee Ka Siong, Datuk Dr Puad Zarkashi

Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha
Deputies: Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri

Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein
Should adapt to new Acts of Home Ministry. Eventually, should be rotated to rakyat-related Ministry.
Deputies: Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop, Jelaing Mersat

Information, Communications, Arts and Culture
Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim
Drop. Failed in his role. Arrogant and cocky. Suggest Ahmad Shaberi Chik. Long shot suggestion: Revive Dato Shahidan Kassim for Information role for purpose of election preparation. Suggest split out Communiction. Consider also for UMNO Information Chief.
Deputies: Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum, Senator Heng Seai Kie
Suggest include young MIC MP for Hulu Selangor, P Kamalanthan

Energy, Green Technology & Water
Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui
Deputy: Noriah Kasnon

Plantation Industries and Commodities
Tan Sri Bernard Dompok
Deputy: Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin

Rural and Regional Development
Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal
Deputies: Datuk Hassan Malek, Datuk Joseph Entulu

Higher Education
Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin
Failed. Should be drop. Personal issue (allegedly of the Anwar kind) is a time bomb. Not clean image and disastrous appointments of VCs, particularly UiTM and UM.
Deputies: Dr Hou Kok Chung, Saifuddin Abdullah
Saifuddin be drop. Disastrous act of accepting memo at PWTC. Interference in police work to protect pro-opposition students break UUCA law. Expected to lose in Temerloh.

International Trade and Industry
Datuk Mustapa Mohamed
Deputies: Datuk Muhkriz Mahathir, Datuk Jacob Dungau
Mukhriz suited for promotion to replace Khaled. Has long activism history related with University student.

Science, Technology and Innovation
Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili
Deputy: Fadillah Yusof

Natural Resources and Environment
Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas
Deputy: Tan Sri Joseph Kurup

Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen
Not clean image arising from Dato Mirza controversy. MCA call.
Deputy: Dato Dr James Dawos Mamit

Agriculture and Agro-based Industries
Datuk Noh Omar
Deputies: Johari Baharum, Rohani Abdul Karim
Drop Johari Baharom. Irrelevent existence. Legacy issue. New blood needed.

Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
Suggested transfer to other Ministry. Communication 101 class suggested despite having doctoral degree.
Deputy: Datuk Dr Abdul Latif

Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor
Only Tun Dol legacy cum KJ linked Minister doing fine.
Deputy: Datuk Yong Khoon Seng

Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai
Deputy: Datuk Rosnah Rashid Shilin
Drop. Unhealthiest looking "Minister of Health." Like Khairy, need to focus her work as Ketua Puteri. Message that youth wing leaders no guarantee for Ministerial post.

Youth and Sports
Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek
Suggest move to Foreign Ministry or Information, Communication and Arts & Culture.
Deputies: Datuk Razali Ibrahim, Wee Jeck Seng
Suggest Razali be promoted to Youth and Sports Minister. Too inexperienced for hot seat Johor MB post.

Human Resources
Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam
Deputy: Datuk Maznah Mazlan

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs
Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri
Drop. Not effective as Minister. Do not exude perception of confidence. Tun Dol legacy issue. Not expected to survive election in Bera.
Deputy: Datuk Tan Lian Hoe

Housing and Local Government
Datuk Chor Chee Heung
Deputy: Datuk Seri Haji Lajim bin Haji Ukin

Women, Family and Community Development
Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil
Looks likely to be dropped. Pathetic handling of NFC issue. Uncall for action to drag Wanita UMNO, UMNO and other leaders to her personal issue. Still viable, maintain Ketua Wanita post and lay low from Cabinet for few years. Suggested replacement Senator Kamelia to allay internal politics in Perak. Najib must manage factional problem in Wanita UMNO so as not to upset existing team.
Deputy: Senator Puan Heng Seai Kie

Foreign Affairs
Datuk Anifah Aman
Deputies: Datuk Lee Chee Leong, Senator A. Kohilan Pillai

Federal Territories
Datuk Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin
Need lesson in Communication 101.
Deputy: Datuk M. Saravanan
Although Najib was reported to have denied a Cabinet reshuffle, he better do it or the RAHMAN matrix of UMNO Prime Minister ends with him. That is no two way now; it is either he reshuffle or he goes in the history book.

Not only he should reshuffle his cabinet reshuffle, he has to do sweeping change of the states's MB and CM post. Time to bring in fresh new faces and young ones. Start with changing the state liaison chiefs ...


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Anonymous said...

Time for Dato' Maznah Mazlan to leave too..her PA Imelda is getting too big-headed!
Dato' Maznah Mazlan is nice but we need new lady politicians!

Dato Shabery Chik?? not be hanging on too long with his sensational 'lembu' speech at the Umno General Assembly years ago..puhleese!!

Anonymous said...

Bro Din,

I really love to see pm brings in Shahidan Kassim, also known as Jeneral Shahidan into the cabinet as Minister of Information and Umno Information Chief...umno really needs a good breather and a pair of steady hands at this point of time...with due resoect to ahmad maslan, i think he lost d plot, too much into felda thingy...

Ministry of Information needs to be running campaigns for the government...i mean how is kraftangan, film, drama rtm, batek, istana budaya which were the interest of the current minister will translate into votes and support for BN? How?

The new minister must be given d leverage to run campaigns which were no longer the core biznez of Ministry of Information since the departure of tok mat and khalil...after them came mediocre ministers in kadir sheikh fadzir, zainiddin "i dont speaking engrish" maidin, shabery cheek and rais "my wife must look as good as rosmah infront of a camera" yatim...he has to go lah, life span expired already...

Yes, mukhriz has to be made minister, preferably higher learning...the current one is better off cold storaged...jamil "duit zakat boleh guna bayar yuran guaman" khir is a mistake, jadi religious adviser to pm is also not qualified because the former minister zainal is still there.

And yes also to reshuffle at the states is also timely, some mbs are already seen to be tired to walk the talk like dear pm...they have to go, starting with pahang...

Otherwise bro, your wish list is A OK!!!

Man Kola Kedah
Alor Setar...

Anonymous said...

You are partially correct! Najib needs to get rid of the entire first and second tier! Than the youth! Trust me! They're in hell at the moment and the devils are all over the ranks! Clean means clean! No hang ups! Otherwise, UMNO will always be a bunch of grumpy, corrupt and irrelevant losers!

jeyapalanmahesan said...

Whatever the comments are, I believe you have pinpointed the evolution that is taking place.
By entitling your piece "reshuffling the deck of cards", you have the spirit - we know the deck of cards, but in reshuffling, we will never know the cards that would turn up,No?
We can only make an educated, calculated guess, based on preceding events & facts!
Thank You, ABTW!
And sorry for the long absence!
Had to resolve many personal issues!

Anonymous said...

What?? Pahang MB to go?
Anon 12.56..Dato' Nan is an extremely prihatin leader..he looks fierce but he is a very kind hearted leader..and he is a clever man.

Not him..maybe other Mbs but let Dato' Nan be for another term..:)

kocok ho said...

What about Azeeez Rahim" He should replace Dr Mashitah.

mana boleh ini macam bro. In Umno Azeeez Rahim is PM material lah bro....mana ada calon lain??

Anonymous said...

Errr Friend,

Methink you are wasting your time and effort...yes, all the effort in printing the list of characters..

What stick? Najib only knows Gua tolong Lu...Lu tolong Gua!

He can't even manage Mdm Shahrizat and you expect him to do the bigger task of shuffling cabinet?

How about shuffling Rosmah First?

Joe Black

Anonymous said...


A clever mb does not mishandled lynas the way he did, and does not contributed greatly in d departure of a confirmed investment of siemmens worth 4.6bil to vietnam simply bcoz d investor was given a cold shoulder...

He has to lah, enuf of this mencarut-prone mb who do not support d pm...after all he gasak enuf already what? Ask la his nephew who is d master dealer!!

Anak Bentayan of Muo said...

Tuan Haji Suara Kuat,

I agree with your list.

May I add Ahmad Maslan also needs to go. His "Kerja kuat pagi-petang, sing-malam, subuh-senja" is really old school, when he can't grasp the wit of engaging the educated lot.

Dato' Seri Jamli also needs to go. In a single short period of time, he attracted too much scandal for an ex-army man (non politician).

Probably PM could appoint current Navy Chief Adm Tan Sri A Aziz Jaafar as a Senator and Deputy Minister, to replace the void created by Ahmad Maslan, Rosnah Shirlin or Johari Baharom. Esp in PMO and be in charge of JPA/civil service.

His 'commanding' military style management could be breadth of fresh air and to discipline all these 'Little Napoleans' within civil service, in the likes of FELDA DG Dzulkifli A Wahab.

Of course, since there have been two army generals in the Cabinet, its time ti bring in a Navy man (for a change).

sitizen said...

Bro, agree with the cabinet reshuffle.

U forgot dis.

Prime Minister
Najib Razak

Sodomy verdict; he Betrayed the victim and the rakyat with d last minute deal with Anwar (Arranged by Omar Ong). Replace with Muhyiddin.

Anonymous said...

A Voice,

Not only some of them badly need the communication 101, but also art of public speaking in Bahasa Melayu. Sometime I felt embarrassed when our minister sat side by side with his counterpart from Indonesia giving press release.


Anonymous said...

Dear Bricko, like many comments, you too have not looked at source of some problmes, which is critical. You put anyone in Rais' Ministry KPKK , he or she will face problems . The ministry too big and minister not able to focus on strategies. The deputies are too much overshadowed and kurang kerja so dunno if theya re really incompetent or have no opinion and ideas. But currently can do without them.
A minister strong minded like DS Rais needs a strong and knowledgeable KSU , who can stand his ground and speak the truth . The minister is not supported in that department. So you can see he controls everything bec he knows he cant rely on his generals.

He needs geenrals who are afraid to tell him that policies need new interpretation to be effective. the young people are 'isolated ' from RTM programmes. Why are young voters important?. Their votes and they influence their families too and peer cheering. For Pm to win , programes must quuckly shft to win over the hearts of young voters. There is a whole army of entertainers and creative talent at their disposal. Soem are intelligent and can be inlfuential, but they are not used effectviely. Bec high level officials are afraid to admit that these artistes can do better work than them to help he government. Minsitry prefer to treat artistes generally as a herd of cattles.

If PM wants to survive, one of hsi strategies is use the creative industry effectively , use the artistes to win over young voters. Not the archaic way that is beign done today by rtm.
To plan effectively move film, tv and creative content and communciation under one ministry .

Move the rest under culture tourism. Its been done before . It had flaws, becasue of coverign up corruption, and culture and the arts goes into the bottom heap of tourism. Correct that imbalance and the combination will work better.

Rais an intelligent minisiter, but he needs brave people to stand up to his bullying and clean up corruption and unfair practice. People become bullies when they know those working for them are brainless nitwits.

Maybe you dont like KJ but its worthwhile having him as one of the deputy ministers in KPKK. We need new blood. The rest are just as bad, so why not try him at least he is not stupid.

My 50 sen worth. Agree with some other you have mentioned. Except sharizat, no matter, she is sill an effective minister. But use some from private sector , ngo. If you can use idris jala why not others. Wanita witout sharizat and puteri are useless, just like mca with a porno chief. They need beefing up and are in critical dire straits.


Anak Malaysia said...


Puad zarkashi shd remain a long shot. Not sure he can run in next GE. His problem in Batu Pahat division is turning into recurring habit.

Time for Dr Latif to rise to full Minister whether in or outside Johor.

Rais is a prblem. An analog stuck in a digital Ministry. The problem with his deputies and KSUs is his leadership style of old feudel chief.

Tangan dah byk ringan sejak handle communication. Suka ambil kredit for areas he did not contribute.

Why not bring Ruhanie Ahmad as Deputy Information?

Why not bring back names like Dr Afifuddin?

More new faces please.

Anonymous said...

Dear A Voice
PM must groom new leaders..
NEW leaders! The old redundant deadwood must be shipped out!
We do not want those ministers who have served to be hauled back..enough laah!
Old politicians got to go! Pencenlaah!

Our country is full of brilliant people! Take them.
And please take those with admirable qualifications too..don't take the bodoh ones!

Anonymous said...


Let's Face it the Captain of UMNO Ship has to be like Long John Silver..

The Crew will not tolerate anyone less than that to be their Captain. Yes, it takes Courage to Command a Pirate Ship! Ask The Old Captain Mahathir..

Make those less than able to fight walk the plank...

Shahrizat should be elevated to first mate for her Gumption...

Muhyideen has bakat to take over, but needs to wear the one eyed mask to look uglier and more fierce..

No Need to reshuffle, they just need to be resent to Pirate School to learn the finer arts of Plunder!!

Joe Black

Anonymous said...

short sighted & myopic analysis. the rationale is too pale focusing on the old issues. and why only UMNO?

look at the performance in a holistic manner la Haj

ie the whole cabinet is abt improving Msia as a cty. What is our strategy & focus


Namza Norman said...

PM should consider appointing the independant MP's in the cabinet. Zul Nordin replacing Rais Yatim, Anifah Aman taking over from Hishammuddin, Hishammuddin replacing Ismail Sabri, Wee Choo Keong replacing Koh Tsu Koon, Nazri Aziz takes over Foreign Minister, Syed Akhbar Ali replacing Awang Adek, Zahrain replacing Md Noh Omar, Dr Puad Zarkashi takes over Shaberi Chik, Shaberi Chik replacing Khaled Nordin, among others.

A Voice said...

Anon 7.58

What would be your far sighted and comprehensive as well as strategic suggestions, if we do not meet your expectations?


Anonymous said...

Deputy: Datuk Rosnah Rashid Shilin
Drop. Unhealthiest looking "Minister of Health."

Tuan Haji, Agreed, but honestly you'll be just as accurate if you drop the word ...."of Health."

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