Rumours are abound of who’s who would make it into Najib cabinet. However, the top three Umno vice presidents is almost certain to get a portfolio.
If Hamidah Atan piece is to be trusted, there will surprises as well. Hamidah speculates, Dr Rais Yatim despite his defeat in recent Umno election is likely to be retained by Najib at Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Several overlapping portfolios involving six ministries would be merged to avoid overlapping of duties and jurisdictions, to make Najib’s administration smaller but more effective.
The Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry is expected to be merged with the Tourism Ministry; Higher Education Ministry with the Education Ministry; and, Plantation, Industries and Commodities Ministry with the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry.
“The fewer ministers will, however, be getting extra help, as parliamentary secretaries are set to be appointed. Former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi did away with the posts when he had a larger cabinet,” New Straits Times said.
The national daily added, the Finance Ministry, now headed by Najib, is likely to be strengthened with Datuk Mustapa Mohamed, an economist, moving from the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry. Both Najib and Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah are expected to remain in the ministry.
Several people are being lined up to be appointed senators, to become full ministers.