JOHOR BARU: Johor Barisan Nasional, which won all its 26 parliamentary seats and lost just one state seat out of 56 in the general election, has been rewarded with seven ministers – the highest in the new Cabinet.
This is one more than the previous line-up.
First-term MPs who became ministers were Datuk Azalina Othman (Youth and Sports) and Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek, who took over the health portfolio vacated by another Johor Barisan MP, Datuk Chua Jui Meng.
Datuk Khaled Nordin was promoted from Deputy Works Minister to handle the Entrepreneurial Development and Co-operative portfolio.
Those reappointed were Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Ministry), Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar (Foreign), Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting (Housing and Local Government) and Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein (Education).
The only Johor Barisan MP who did not seek re-election was Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik.
Khaled, 46, is a lawyer-turned-politician who often helped petty traders and taxi drivers when he was Johor Baru MP from 1990 until he contested in Pasir Gudang last week.
He said the promotion came as a surprise to him and that it was told to him by the Prime Minister “via the television.”