Two ministers and seven deputy ministers from Sarawak were among 28 ministers and 40 deputy ministers sworn in front of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin at Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur today.
Datuk Uggah Embas (PBB) sworn-in as minister of Natural Resources and Environment, while Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui (SUPP) appointed as Minister of Energy, Green Tech & Water a new ministry.
The deputy ministers from Sarawak were Datuk Robert Lau, Datuk Joseph Entulu, Datuk Salang Gandum, Jelaing Mersat, Datuk Seri Sulaiman Taib, Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan and Datuk Fadillah Yusof.
After taking the oath of office, loyalty and confidentiality they signed the instrument of appointment, witnessed by Court of Appeal President Tan Sri Alauddin Mohd Sheriff and Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan.
The swearing-in which was telecast live over RTM1 started at 9.30 am with Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin receiving his letter of appointment as the deputy prime minister cum Education Minister. The ceremony was held at Balairong Seri Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur.
On Thursday he announced a 28-member cabinet with 25 ministries. Eight ministers including controversial Azalina Othman, Syed Hamid Albar were dropped from the new line-up. Many observers were disappointed that Najib’s Cabinet is slightly smaller than his predecessor’s 32 ministers and 27 ministries.
Surprisingly, Dr Rais Yatim was included, despite his failure to retain an Umno supreme council seat. Gerakan president Tan Sri Koh Tsu, and Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil were among the few new faces in the new administration – dubbed as the “people’s cabinet”.