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Malaysia’s new cabinet sworn in

Malaysia’s new 28-member Cabinet, including an ethnic Indian, was sworn in today by Prime Minister Najib Razak, who kept the finance portfolio with himself and installed senior party loyalists at other key ministries.

world Updated: Apr 10, 2009 15:30 IST

Malaysia’s new 28-member Cabinet, including an ethnic Indian, was sworn in today by Prime Minister Najib Razak, who kept the finance portfolio with himself and installed senior party loyalists at other key ministries.

The new Cabinet took the oath of office in the presence of Malaysia’s King Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin at the palace here.“I believe that the effort to reform the country starts with revamping the government, with a new Cabinet with new responsibilities and a new structure,” Najib said.

He said his team will serve the people and its performance will be closely monitored through key indicators.
Najib dropped eight ministers from the previous Badawi cabinet which includes 40 deputy ministers but has appointed only seven new faces.

The premier has chosen Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, a party loyalist with an economics and banking background, as the second finance minister.

S Subramaniam (64) an ethnic Indian and member of the Malaysian Indian Congress, a major component of the ruling Barisan Nasional party, who was the human resources minister in the Abdullah Badawi cabinet retained his portfolio in Najib’s cabinet too.

Najib took office on April 3 taking over from Abdullah Badawi who voluntarily stepped down.