NGOs and unions give new line-up the thumbs-up

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 28 Mar 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: The new Cabinet line-up announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi received positive response from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and trade unions. 

Many spokesmen of these organisations expressed hope that the appointment of new and old faces would provide a strong team to serve the rakyat. 

The Malaysian Youth Council (MYC) welcomed the appointment of Datuk Azalina Othman as Youth and Sports Minister, describing it as a precise and smart move. 

Its secretary-general, Norizan Sharif, said the council would help Azalina to formulate a more comprehensive agenda for youth development. 

“We hope that she will focus on issues involving youth including the development of more than 8,000 youth organisations in the country,” he said. 

The National Union of the Teaching Profession said the line-up was consistent with Barisan Nasional’s manifesto. 

Its secretary-general, Lok Yim Phang, said the changes made to several ministries were also in keeping with the needs of the country’s development. 

The NUTP also welcomed the appointment of Datuk Hishammuddin Tun Hussein as Education Minister. 

“As Education Minister, we hope that he will bring more changes in line with the aspirations of the people.  

“The NUTP is confident that he will improve the quality of education by ensuring the standard of teaching and learning as well as enhancing communication skills, especially in English.” 

Cuepacs president Nordin Abdul Hamid described the new Cabinet line-up as the best ever. 

The Federation of Peninsula Malay Students (GPMS) hoped that the Education Ministry, which had been split into two, would be more action- rather than issue-orientated. 

Its president, Datuk Suhaimi Ibrahim, said that with the portfolios' focus, ministers could give greater commitment to an issue and take immediate action to resolve it. 

The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) also welcomed and congratulated new Health Minister Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek and his deputy Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad. 

“The MMA hopes that with those appointments, both Dr Chua and Dr Abdul Latiff will try to do better to improve our present healthcare system and continue to fight for the welfare of doctors in the country,” said its president Datuk Dr N. Arumugam. 

MTUC president Zainal Rampak congratulated the 18 newcomers who were appointed to the Cabinet and hoped that they would perform their duties to the best of their ability. – Bernama  

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