A mountain cannot have 2 tigers

One of the interesting aspects in yesterday announcement of the new cabinet is the appointment of Shahrizat as special advisor to the prime minister with the status of  a minister on women and social development affairs. (see Malaysiakini report on this).

However, in the full list of cabinet released yesterday, Ng Yen Yen of MCA was listed as the Minister of women, family and community Development affairs.

Women affairs is very important ministry as more than half of our population is from the fairer sex. But to have 2 ministers doing the same thing is not sensible.

The 2 positions are redundant. Shahrizat was quite well liked , and hardworking too. Unfortunately, she lost in the last general election . If her expertise is needed to ensure a continuity of the ministry, she could probably be made just an advisor to the Ministry without being given a Ministerial rank. As it stands, with 2 ministers covering the same scope of duty,  if there is a policy clash over women matters, who will have the last say?? There is a Chinese saying that a mountain cannot have 2 tigers.

Besides, to appoint an extra minister, it would cost the rakyat at least 7 figure every year in tax money. The basic remuneration aside, a minister is given allowance in almost everything. Besides, a minister is assigned official driver , bodyguard, police officer in attendance, a political sec who himself is given an official car and driver, a SUSK (Setiausaha sulit Kanan), a SUS ,a press sec, clerical staff and so on. All these staff in turn are given allowances to accompany their boss on his trip outstation or overseas. A minister also commands special allowances to give out to the people ( in most cases, these allowances are channelled to supporters and cronies), not to mention the pension of the minister and his staff, health and medical expenses, overseas trips ……………………..$$$$$$………

It would be good to trim down the number of ministers further. Even developed country with bigger population than Malaysia do not have as many ministers as Malaysia. We now have 32 compared with United Kingdom  which has only 22 full ministers. Do not forget United Kingdom has more than 60 million population and has a budget many times bigger than ours.

In fact, I thought this is the best time to chop and trim the cabinet to about 22, and give more to East Malaysia which was given only about 10 % of ministerial post.  According to Malaysiakini report, of the 32 posts, Umno has the lion share, a total of 22, while MCA (4), MIC (1), PBB (1), Supp (1), Upko (1) and PBS (1). This is despite the fact that UMNo has just slightly more than 50% of all BN MPs.

I would say that by looking at the cabinet appointment, it is still a case of UMNO’s hegemony and dominance over other component parties. They still have not learned the lesson.

By trimming down the cabinet further, the PM could have send  a signal of his intention to cut down unnecessary expenses and waste-age. It could have signalled a new resolve to spend carefully the money of the people. It could have sent a message to factions that PM does not entertain factional interest any more but only the interest of the people. The money saved could have been used to build schools and subsidise the poor and needy for food …. He just missed the boat! What a pity!

I think the PM is still being bogged down by factional interests and politics of patronage.

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. observer
    Mar 19, 2008 @ 12:02:33

    Ng Yen Yen is not fit to be a minister. She isn’t even fit to be a deputy minister.

    Still remember her performance as a deputy finance minister?

    She’s waaaaaay out of the left field!

    Please tell Ng Yen Yen to step down. Stop sia sui the Chinese people.


  2. monsterball
    Mar 19, 2008 @ 15:23:01

    The line up..is partly to serve the Nation…partly to show… UMNO and BN …all are alive…partly for Pak Lah’s whims and fancies…and therefore…some are unrealistic and some are sincere.


    Mar 19, 2008 @ 18:41:14

    well malaysian,umno still want to control all the people including the performing sabah and sarawak by not appointing them in the cabinet.its shows umno have always side track one sided to their own cronies.the more umno man under pm,the more they can make side income.thats the clear reason.west malaysian umno is malay and east malaysia is bumiputra non malays or less malay.by right by now the east malaysian should have more say in cabinet.raj raman.RACE.MALAYSIAN.RELIGION;MY OWN BUSINESS.DREAMING TO BE MALAYSIAN PUTRA


  4. malaysian
    Mar 19, 2008 @ 18:56:43

    Agreed with observer. Pls get rid of Ng Yen Yen. I have no idea what she did for the past 4 years other than officiating a celebrity football match which she was late by 1 hour and then spoke for 15 minutes relaying BN propaganda. Don’t agree Sharizat’s back door appointment but perhaps Badawi is fully aware of Ng Yen Yen’s incompetency. NYY talks only no actions.


  5. Noor Aza Othman
    Mar 19, 2008 @ 19:56:21

    These two women are the biggest clowns and are real male-suckers; all for the sake of wealth and glory! Couldn’t give a damn about women’s rights and plights – is it any wonder that violence and -sexual harassment/violation against women are on the rise in Malaysia? Look at Altantuya’s case and injustice; almost forgotten since it keeps dragging on! And that Bollywood stars entertainer big-hair Shahrizat (what did such role that have to do with her previous Ministerial post may I ask? – although I really love Bollywood films myself) being paid still despite of her great defeat, with rakyat’s money for doing what exactly? Don’t trust another lady to the job; is it because Umno being racist as it is; doesn’t trust the new Minister of Women who is not Muslim nor Malay? Anyway these two female Umno snakes and goons of Rafidah and Shahrizat made me sick! And I am ashamed to be a Malay woman when you see women like these who claimed so deceitfully that they are role-models for Malay women!


  6. trashed
    Mar 19, 2008 @ 20:48:45

    The BN Coalition – or maybe it shoudl be UMNO – has not learned to share power, despite the results of the last General Election.

    Sabah & Sarawak deserve higher representation and the appointment of Ng Yen Yen and Shahrizat just doesn’t make sense other than spend more taxpayers money.

    On top of that, there are also 5 Ministers in the PM’s dept and a Ministry of Education and a Ministry of Higher Education. Why can’t the Tourism portfolio merge with Culture and Arts ?

    The Cabinet is just way too big.


  7. sitiawanian
    Mar 20, 2008 @ 00:44:24

    just so sad, paklah still in slumber, i thought d big jolt fr tis election has awaken him


  8. Sharing
    Mar 20, 2008 @ 02:01:37

    Power Sharing is the Trick
    Now becoming the Joke!
    Capable and Ethical had gone!
    Leaving Tigers and Monkeys on the Roll
    Not taking Banana but Power to roar!
    What is Practical had gone!
    Leaving only Magician can handle!
    Magician MTH has left
    so a Stooge on the stage to act!
    Forgetting it is not a Zoo or Circus to play!
    Flying daggers onto Rotating Board
    AAB is blind-folded on the Board!
    Call off the Zoo or Circus to save the blind-folded!
    Saving Sweats from the Rakyats watching the Show!!
    Rakyats are paying but should not the one on show!!


  9. monsterball
    Mar 20, 2008 @ 10:33:20

    And if that is not race and religion dirty politics…what is it?
    As log as all government Depts ….big and small…are controlled by Malays….not based on qualifications…but by race and religion.
    As long as Universities Deans/Heads are mostly Malays….with Tong Sampah degrees …leaving most Chinese and Indians …..with much better brains and recognized degrees……all out….what do you call this…..if it is not race and religion politics.
    UMNO will never learn….judging from latest line up of Ministers.
    They will never admit their are sinful and wrong….and will continue same style….for selfish reasons.


  10. Raven
    Mar 20, 2008 @ 11:26:04

    Noor Aza Othman,

    I pity you for your demonstration of ignorance.

    Learn to back up your accusation with fact. If you do not know how to do that, you can go talk to people to check out FACTS. Talk to the women and people that Shahrizat helped to make a real difference in their lives.

    Rise of reports of violence and -sexual harassment/violation against women in Malaysia is a direct result of awareness by both the victims and public. Before the Shahrizat took up education programmes, people like you have scant idea what constitutes violence/sexual harassment.

    Also, your lack of basic knowledge in law proceedings is shameful – Altantuya’s is an ongoing court case – nobody except the judiciary have authority to determine the real elements leading to the her death. Do you understand your rantings are disrespectful to the court process. Even the expert lawyers refrain from commenting so as not to introduce unnecessary elements into the case.


  11. hjtytyujfrtu
    Mar 20, 2008 @ 15:12:20

    NG YEN YEN ONLY A “DANCING MINISTER”…remember how she dance in public when campaigning in Perak???


  12. Jeff
    Mar 21, 2008 @ 05:14:01

    BN is a coalition by name only! Just to make Malaysians believe it is a multi-racial party instead of Umno-putra in disguise.Malaysian can not be easily fool anymore,leaders of BN.


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