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Friday February 17, 2006

Returning minister Mohd Effendi sworn in as senator

KUALA LUMPUR: Newly-appointed Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Effendi Norwawi was sworn in as a senator in the Dewan Negara here. 

Mohd Effendi, 57, who holds a degree in development administration from the University of Tasmania, Australia, was appointed Minister in the Prime Minister's Department under a Cabinet reshuffle announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Tuesday. 

He is expected to take his oath of office as a minister along with the other ministers and deputy ministers before the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail at the Istana Negara today. 

HAPPY FAMILY: Mohd Effendi and his family – (from left) son Mohd Eridani, six, wife Datin Seri Tiara Jacquelina and daughter Hani Karmila, nine – posing for a photograph after Mohd Effendi was sworn in as a senator at the Dewan Negara in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. — Bernamapic
Mohd Effendi, a Sarawakian, served as Agriculture Minister from 1999 to 2004 and later was appointed Minister with Special Functions in the Prime Minister's Department.  

He resigned citing health reasons and the desire to concentrate on his business. 

However, he was later appointed as the Government's special representative with ministerial status in the Higher Education Ministry with the special responsibility of promoting Malaysia as a world centre of education excellence. 

Asked to comment on his latest appointment after the swearing-in ceremony, he said he would meet the prime minister soon to discuss his job specification. 

His duties, among other things, include overseeing the Economic Planning Unit and the National Economic Action Council. 

“My focus now will be to set up office and draw up the organisational structure that will enable the effective implementation of the Ninth Malaysia Plan in accordance with the targets set by the prime minister,” he said. 

Mohd Effendi, who is expected to start work on Monday, said: “When the Ninth Plan is announced, we have to be careful not to take too long to get to the implementation from the planning (stage).” 

“Our challenge is to reduce the gap between planning and implementation,” he said. – Bernama  

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