There had been speculation that the new cabinet would be smaller than the previous one. Well, it’s smaller in the sense there are 28 ministers now compared to the previous 32. But it is bigger in another sense. There is an increase in the number of deputy ministers: there are now 40 compared to 38 in the previous administration.
Whether the new line-up will make much difference to the lives of the Malaysians remains to be seen.
Words have been uttered on numerous occasions promising change and performance. But each time these words proved to be hollow and disappointing when what was promised was not delivered.
The majority of ministers are from the previous cabinet; they were part of a government that had failed to deliver and fulfil the expectations of the public. That was why they paid the price in the 8 March 2008 general election.
Now they have been assembled once again under a new leadership and it is left to be seen whether this new grouping will deliver on the Prime Minister’s promises.
We will wait and see.
9 April 2009