Discontent in BN parties over Cabinet posts

May 18, 2013 (TMI)

File photo of Najib announcing his new Cabinet line-up in Putrajaya on May 15, 2013. BN parties are not happy with some of his choices. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 — All is not well among Barisan Nasional (BN) parties over the distribution of Cabinet posts as Sarawak’s PRS has decided to reject its appointments while SPDP is also upset its four federal wins did not get the party anything.

Several senior Sabah Umno MPs are also grumbling that they were overlooked in the Cabinet appointments while other Umno lawmakers are disputing Hindraf’s P. Waythamoorthy’s selection despite him running down the government previously.

Media reports say Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun will not take up his appointment as minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum has openly rejected being a deputy minister again.

BN secretary-general Datuk Tengku Adnan Mansor told Utusan Malaysia today that the coalition has accepted Gandum’s refusal of his deputy tourism minister post.

PRS president James Masing said the majority of the party’s supreme council members had agreed to reject Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s offer, saying they felt “sidelined” and “deserved to be treated better.”

PRS gained six federal seats and SPDP four to add to BN’s 133-seat haul, doing better than BN parties in Sabah, Sarawak and even the peninsula that were better rewarded.

MIC, which won four seats, got two ministerships and two deputy minister posts while SUPP and PBRS got full ministerships despite each winning only one federal seat.

“PRS and SPDP, which are rural-based parties, are not properly treated by the present government.

“The rural areas in Sarawak are Barisan Nasional ‘fixed deposit’. If you don’t take care of it, somebody will come by and withdraw it,” Masing warned in a report by Free Malaysia Today.

Masing, who chaired an emergency supreme council meeting, said a majority of PRS members felt that a ministerial post in the PM’s Department was unsuitable for PRS.

The news portal also quoted SPDP deputy secretary-general Paul Igai as saying: “I cannot blame party members if they are angry, because it is difficult to accept the prime minister’s decision.

“They’ve even asked whether it was a deliberate attempt to exclude us or whether it was a gross oversight on the part of the prime minister.”

There is a record 13 ministers from east Malaysia in Najib’s Cabinet unveiled last Wednesday.

The Malaysian Insider understands that senior Umno MPs were miffed that they were bypassed in favour of Kota Belud MP Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan, who became minister in his second term as a federal lawmaker.

Other Umno MPs are said to be angry that Waythamoorthy was made a deputy minister, pointing out the Hindraf man went into self-exile after the 2007 Hindraf rally where he waged an international campaign to castigate Malaysia for its allegedly bad treatment of Indians.

They pointed out that the Najib administration should reward those who won and worked hard for the coalition rather than those who have not contributed or acted against them in the past.

2 thoughts on “Discontent in BN parties over Cabinet posts

  1. Salam, glad you are back with your cerebral gems for us hungry minions in PAS! Praying that although you were one of those who defended U- Azizan, I hope you will take our arrows at him in good faith! Now he has been given the much needed rest he deserve. I hope he takes good care of his diet and his health! It is very hard for KM (diabetics) to adhere to regimentation!
    Of your current posting, would you be kind enough to elaborate for the sake of argument because many have already Pooh-poohed it!
    Would it make it attractive for PAS to `Perpaduang’ at this juncture because Ust. Nasha is again mooting the proposition and Ust. Harun Taib is waiting for direct Overtures from UMNO Supremo!
    Perhaps with TGNA out of the Kelantan State EXCO the climate will be somewhat changes!
    Ust President was, however, definitely No-No!
    Take care, Wassalam!

  2. “you are the nations hero”/’andalah wira negara”-Slogan LHDN

    1.Government is dependent on rakyat,not rakyat dependent on government!!

    2.UMNO Barsian Nasional is like the kapal TITANIC.Biggest indicator of that is,UMNO had to import 1000’s of warga asing to vote in GE13

    3.UMNO BN “kurang siuman index” semakin memuncak.Negara dah bangkrup,lui talak,banyak,(trillion2 yg telah dicuri oleh UMNO BN curi ada kat overseas dlm USD,EURO!!MAMPUIH,!!), beberap negeri dibawah jajahan umno barisan nasional secara teknikal dah bankkrup. dan “icing on the cake” adalah GST!! ya,GST adalah pil cynide UMNO.Tunggu dan lihat,the devastating effects of GST

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