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Cabinet agrees to suspend enforcement of Sedition Act

  • Oct 11, 2018
The cabinet has decided to suspend the enforcement of the Sedition Act 1948 pending its repeal, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo. “A decision was made by the cabinet yesterday that since we are going to abolish the Sedition Act, action under that act should be suspended temporarily,” he added. Asked when the suspension would take effect, Gobind said the decision would first need to be communicated to the attorney-general. “And then, of course, it is up
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Cabinet deems caning of women inappropriate

  • Sep 6, 2018
The Malaysian cabinet is of the opinion that the whipping sentence imposed on two women in Terengganu was inappropriate because it did not reflect compassion, which is central to Islamic teachings.Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the administration was of the view that the women were first-time offenders and therefore should have been advised by the authorities rather than be subjected to corporal punishment.“The cabinet is of the opinion that this (the whipping sentence) does not refle
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Diversity in cabinet leads to better decisions, minister Yeo says

  • Jul 8, 2018
INTERVIEW | With six ministers and four deputy ministers being women in the new Pakatan Harapan government, critics were quick to highlight the coalition’s failure to fulfil their pledge to have cabinet comprise at least 30 percent women.However, like other Harapan women leaders, Yeo Bee Yin believes that the coalition has made great progress and that it is working hard towards eventually achieving its target in future elections.The newly minted energy, green technology, science, climate chang
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New cabinet reflects racial democracy, says political analyst

  • Jul 3, 2018
The new Pakatan Harapan government reflects racial and state integrity as well as recognition for women in the country. Of the 26 ministers and 23 deputy ministers, five ministers were from the Chinese community, Indian (3), Kadazandusun (1), Lun Bawang (1) and the remainder (16) Malays. Among the deputy ministers, seven were Chinese and one Indian. In addition, for the first time, the federal cabinet included five women ministers including Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail an
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Still some vacant positions in Dr M's cabinet

  • Jul 2, 2018
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said there are still some vacancies in his cabinet that will be filled by senators in the near future."There are two or three more (to go). We are 29 in total," said Mahathir when met after the swearing in of 13 new cabinet members and 23 deputy ministers at Istana Negara this morning.It is uncertain at this point if the 29 took into account the fact that deputy prime minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is also the women, family and community development minister
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Nga, Chong not in cabinet, DAP seeks to contain fallout

  • Jul 2, 2018
The DAP central executive committee is expected to discuss ways to address criticisms following Nga Kor Ming's and Chong Chieng Jen's absence from the cabinet line up.According to multiple party sources, there is disgruntlement among party supporters and members. The matter will be on the agenda when the committee meets on Wednesday, said the sources.During the run-up to the May 9 elections, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng had promised to recommend the duo as cabinet ministers should they be
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Source: Dr M's administration to have 28 cabinet ministers in total

  • Jun 5, 2018
There will be a total of 28 cabinet ministers in Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad's administration, according to a Pakatan Harapan source.The figure includes the present 13 ministers, meaning that an additional 15 would be appointed to helm the various portfolios."Discussion on the cabinet line-up is still on-going and we have yet to come to a final decision but it should be announced sometime this week."There will be a total of 28 cabinet ministers. Thirteen were sworn in on May 21,” the so
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Cabinet fully backs Dr M on new AG despite royal reservations

  • Jun 4, 2018
Home Affairs Minister Muhyiddin Yassin hopes the impasse over the appointment of a new attorney-general will not drag on for too long.“I hope that this matter will be resolved with the wisdom from both sides, that is the prime minister and the government as well as the palace.“Based on consideration and wisdom and following the provisions in the constitution, I do not think this will become an unsolvable issue which will drag on,” he told a press conference at Bukit Aman today.The Conferen
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Dr M's reveals cabinet list after seeking Agong's consent

  • May 18, 2018
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong has consented to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad's initial list of cabinet ministers that would be sworn-in on Monday morning.This list, which includes party affiliation and Parliamentary seat, is as follows: Deputy Prime Minister - Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (PKR–Pandan)Home - Muhyiddin Yassin (Bersatu-Pagoh)Education - Maszlee Malik (Bersatu-Simpang Renggam)Rural Development - Rina Harun (Bersatu-Titiwangsa)Women and Family Development - Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ism
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Who's who in Mahathir's new Cabinet and Council of Elders

  • May 13, 2018
(Clockwise from top left) Malaysia's new Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu and Home Minister Muhyiddin Massin. In the Council of the Elders are: Tun Daim Xainuddin, Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Tan Sri Hassan Marican, Tan Sri Robert Kuok and Professor Jomo Kwame Sundaram.PHOTOS: MARK CHEONG, BLOOMBERG, AFP, EPA-EFE, REUTERS, THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK, THE INSTITUTE OF STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES MALAYSIAMalaysia's new prime minister Mahathir Mohamad on Saturday (
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