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Published on May 15th, 2013 | by FM

Prime Minister Najib announces new cabinet line ups

With the prime minister set to announce his cabinet line up at 5pm today, online speculators are having a field day in ‘revealing’ the secret list.

PETALING JAYA: Hours before Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak introduces his new cabinet line-up, the Internet is abuzz with speculations of who would be leading the ministries.

Malay daily Sinar Harian and blogger Addin Deen have put up their respective list of cabinet members.

Despite the announcement by MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek that his party would not accept positions in the cabinet, MCA deputy president Liow Tiong Lai is listed in both line-ups.

Liow who was former health minister is slated to be lead the Transport Ministry. Former deputy education minister Wee Ka Siong is speculated to be in charge of the Health Ministry.

Tanjung Malim MP Ong Ka Chuan is also speculated to take up ministerial post at the Housing and Local Government Ministry, formerly held by his brother Ong Ka Ting.

The lists indicate that MCA has reduced their number of ministers from four to three, purportedly to reflect their major defeat in the recent polls.

Former Second Finance Minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah is speculated to be the new Trade and Industry Minister.

Among the new faces tipped to join the cabinet are Umno Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin and Mahdzir Khalid.

Khairy who is also Rembau MP is expected to lead the Information and Communication Ministry whereas Mahdzir is speculated to lead the Rural Territory Development Ministry.

Sinar Harian meanwhile speculated that former Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek will be appointed the new Youth and Sports Minister.

The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry is expected to be headed by former Agriculture and Agro Industries Minister Noh Omar.

MIC president G Palanivel who was Minister in Prime Minister’s Department is expected to lead the Works Ministry while his party deputy Dr S Subramaniam is expected to be given his old portfolio – Human Resource Ministry.

Both the lists however missed out “big” names from Sabah and Sarawak, with one of the list including the name of a minister who didn’t contest in the general election.

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