PETALING JAYA: A mix of politicians, technocrats and professionals are among the many fresh faces that are making their debut as either ministers or deputies in the new Cabinet.
Among the notable ones are PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, who will helm the Environment Ministry, while party secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan will take charge of Parliamentary Affairs and Law as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.
Tuan Ibrahim said environmental protection, conservation of natural resources, tighter monitoring and enforcement against industrial pollution would be among his priorities.
“I will focus on the restoration of the environment as well as stricter monitoring of factories responsible for polluting the environment.
“I believe that with cooperation from all parties, we will be able to create a greener environment for Malaysia, ” said Tuan Ibrahim, who is also the Kubang Kerian MP.
He added that the formation of a specific Environment Ministry showed that the new Perikatan Nasional government was giving special attention to environmental issues.
Also entrusted with a maiden ministerial post are former Dewan Rakyat deputy Speakers Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee and Datuk Seri Ismail Mohamed Said.
Ronald has been appointed Agriculture and Food Industry Minister while Ismail is Deputy Home Affairs Minister I.
“I am truly honoured to be appointed to such an important ministry.
“I will definitely do my best to fulfil the aspiration of the new Prime Minister and government, ” said Ronald, who was a deputy Speaker between 2008 and 2018.
The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia lawmaker, who has been Beluran MP since 1999, also holds a PhD in political sociology from Universiti Sains Malaysia.
Other fresh faces include MCA vice-president Datuk Lim Ban Hong, who will be sworn in as Senator in Dewan Negara for his appointment as Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister.
Also new are Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah, who is appointed Deputy Agriculture and Food Industry Minister while Datuk Seri Dr Edmund Santhara Kumar is named Deputy Federal Territories Minister.
Former Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Dr Mansor Othman is Deputy Higher Education Minister while PAS central committee lawmaker Awang Hashim is appointed Deputy Human Resources Minister.
PAS women’s wing chief Datuk Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff is the new Deputy Women and Family Minister.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of economy Arthur Joseph Kurup, who is also Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah deputy president, is another new face.
Sarawak lawmakers Ali Biju, Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang, Willie Mongin and Datuk Hanifah Hajar Taib are also making their debut as deputy ministers.
Ali is holding the post of Deputy Energy and Natural Resources Minister, Aaron is Deputy Health Minister II, Willie is Deputy Primary Industries and Commodities Minister II while Hanifah is Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Sabah and Sarawak Affairs.