Two additional ministers in new Cabinet

PUTRAJAYA - The new Cabinet line-up is slightly bigger than the one it replaces, with two additional Ministers bringing the total to 37.

The number of Deputy Ministers has also risen by five, from 27 to 32, following the last reshuffle which took place in June last year.

The two additional ministers are due to the creation of an extra Minister in the Prime Ministers Department and a Second Minister of International Trade and Industry.

MCA Secretary-General Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan was yesterday appointed Minister of International Trade and Industry (II), while Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said was appointed as Minister in the Prime Ministers Department.

With Azalina's appointment, the total number of ministers in the Prime Minister's Department in­­creased from 10 to 11.

This will be Azalina's third Cabinet post. She was the Tourism minister from 2008 to 2009, and before that, she had served as the Youth and Sports Minister from 2004 to 2008.

All the other 10 Ministers in the Prime Ministers Department retained their portfolios.

Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed retained his portfolio as Minister of Trade and Industry.

The previous line-up had 27 Deputy Ministers, but yesterday three were promoted and another was dropped.

Najib then named nine people as new deputy ministers, raising the total of deputy ministers up by five to 32.

The first Cabinet after Independence in 1957 had just 13 members, while the one appointed after the 2008 election had 32.

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