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Why Ismail Sabri’s is truly a Merdeka cabinet

Ismail Sabri’s handpicked ministers will be sworn into the cabinet today.

His is an administration that has finally broken free (‘merdeka’) from the shackles of our colonial past.

Ismail Sabri is the first prime minister who has put behind him the outdated conventions of the Perikatan – both Tunku’s and Muhyiddin’s reboot – and charting afresh our country’s course.

He did not cave in to the invidious agitprop to appoint a ‘unity government’, i.e. include DAP leaders despite their propaganda overdrive on “inclusion” and “inclusivity”.

The Alliance or Perikatan 1.0 which ruled Malaysia from 1957 to 1969, and its heir the BN which ruled until 2018 had invariably propped up the old Ali-Ah Chong and Muthu neo-colonial foundation myth in each of its cabinets under PMs 1 – 6.

The premiership of Ismail Sabri, on the other hand, has successfully thrown off the rusty chains tying the ruling coalition to a necessary degree of non-Bumiputera support.

Let’s quickly review the old before we take a closer look at Ismail Sabri’s New Deal.

There were SIX Chinese ministers in the Badawi 2004 BN cabinet, as follows:

  1. Ong Ka Ting (Housing)
  2. Lim Keng Yaik (Energy)
  3. Chan Kong Choy (Transport)
  4. Fong Chan Onn (Human Resources)
  5. Peter Chin Fah Kui (Plantation & Commodities)
  6. Dr Chua Soi Lek (Health)

There were only FIVE Chinese ministers in the Mahathir Harapan 2018 cabinet, as follows:

  1. Lim Guan Eng (Finance)
  2. Anthony Loke (Transport)
  3. Yeo Bee Yin (Energy)
  4. Teresa Kok (Primary Industries)
  5. Liew Vui Keong (Law)

This despite the Chinese electorate giving 95 percent of their votes to the DAP and its allies.

And today, we will witness ONE Chinese – Wee Ka Siong – take his oath of office as a full minister.

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As for the deputy ministers, PM Badawi appointed twelve Chinese to his 2004 cabinet, as follows:

  1. Tan Chai Ho (Home Affairs)
  2. Chia Kwang Chye (Internal Security)
  3. Ng Yen Yen (Finance)
  4. Robert Lau Hoi Chew (Housing)
  5. Donald Lim Siang Chai (Information)
  6. Kerk Choo Ting (Agriculture)
  7. Kong Cho Ha (Science & Tech)
  8. Wong Kam Hoong (Arts & Culture)
  9. Ong Tee Keat (Youth & Sports)
  10. Mah Siew Keong (International Trade & Industry)
  11. Hon Choon Kim (Education)
  12. Fu Ah Kiow (Higher Education)

By comparison, PM Mahathir 2.0 appointed only eight Chinese deputy ministers in 2018, as follows:

  1. Lee Boon Chye (Health)
  2. Sim Tze Sin (Agriculture)
  3. Liew Chin Tong (Defence)
  4. Hannah Yeoh (Women & Family)
  5. Steven Sim (Youth & Sports)
  6. Ong Kian Ming  (International Trade & Industry)
  7. Teo Nie Ching (Education)
  8. Chong Chieng Jen (Domestic Trade)

And presently, PM Ismail Sabri is appointing four Chinese deputy ministers, as follows:

  1. Lim Ban Hong
  2. Mah Hang Soon
  3. Wee Jeck Seng
  4. Ti Lian Ker

In summary with regard to the number of deputy ministers, Chinese representation shrunk from 2004-BN’s twelve to 2018-Harapan’s eight to 2021-rump BN’s mere four timbalan menteri Cina.

Chinese on govt bench in Dewan Rakyat

In the 2004 parliament led by Ahmad Badawi, there were 51 Chinese MPs in government — see full name list at the bottom of this page.

In the current parliament, there are possibly five Chinese MPs on the government side comprising the MCA’s two Wee’s — Ka Siong and Jeck Seng, Sarawak’s Tiong King Sing and (according to media reports) the two independent but government-friendly MPs, Larry Sng and Steven Choong.

By any measure, the Chinese have excluded themselves from wielding influence in the establishment. And it is through their own GE14 voting choices.

Elections have consequences!

As a residual legacy of the GE14 results, Ismail Sabri has been able to form a game-changing cabinet that largely leaves the whinging Chinese on the margins.

And for icing on the cake, Ismail Sabri’s is an ‘ubah’ cabinet, i.e. providing a refreshing change from the old cabinets (barring the 17 Muhyiddin months between March 2020 and August 2021) which had always featured a mandatory chunk of Chinese BN faces. Well, no more.

Ismail Sabri’s is also a ‘reform’ cabinet in that it places more stress on Islam and giving – for the first time – PAS full charge of Religious Affairs. The Islamist party has been granted the portfolios of Menteri Hal Ehwal Agama as well as Timbalan Menteri Hal Ehwal Agama both.

Therefore, Ismail Sabri’s cabinet is fittingly a Merdeka portmanteau as PAS and its pious are finally ‘freed’ from bullying by Chinese politicians (who now only make up a very small minority of the government).

If DAP were to be a strong component of the ruling party, then for certain PAS would be dreadfully bullied.

BN Chinese Members of Parliament 2004


  1. Ong Ka Ting
  2. Fong Chan Onn
  3. Chan Kong Choy
  4. Chua Soi Lek
  5. Lim Si Cheng
  6. Tan Chai Ho
  7. Ong Tee Keat
  8. Ng Yen Yen
  9. Hon Choon Kim
  10. Donald Lim Siang Chai
  11. Fu Ah Kiow
  12. Wong Kam Hoong
  13. Kong Cho Ha
  14. Tan Yee Kew
  15. Chew Mei Fun
  16. Chua Jui Meng
  17. Ting Chew Peh
  18. Loke Yuen Yow
  19. Chor Chee Heung
  20. Yap Pian Hon
  21. Hew See Tong
  22. Goh Siow Huat
  23. Loh Seng Kok
  24. Tan Ah Eng
  25. Liow Tiong Lai
  26. Wee Ka Siong
  27. Wong Nai Chee
  28. Hoo Seong Chang
  29. Lim Bee Kau
  30. Teng Boon Soon
  31. Yew Teong Look


  1. Lim Keng Yaik
  2. Chia Kwang Chye
  3. Ng Lip Yong
  4. Lee Kah Choon
  5. Kerk Choo Ting
  6. Tan Kee Kwong
  7. Huan Cheng Guan
  8. Tan Lian Hoe
  9. Lau Yeng Peng
  10. Mah Siew Keong


  1. Law Hieng Ding
  2. Peter Chin Fah Kui
  3. Robert Lau Hoi Chew
  4. Yong Khoon Seng
  5. Tiong Thai King

Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS)

  1. Edmund Chong Ket Wah
  2. Yee Moh Chai

Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party — (1) Tiong King Sing

Parti Rakyat Sarawak — (1) Jimmy Donald Lim

Sabah Progressive Party  — (1) Shim Paw Fatt


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4 thoughts on “Why Ismail Sabri’s is truly a Merdeka cabinet

  1. As I have said for many years that it is better for a Malay-based Government to appoint Chinese direct from the 6 million Chinese as Ministers, Advisers, Ombudsmen, GLC executives etc than to rely on the Middle-men Communal Parties like the both wealthy MCA and DAP which have proved to be alleged toll-keepers. The mass of 6 million Chinese still remain poor with no change to their status. For example, the DAP was elected to Putrajaya to clean up the financial mess. But history recorded that the DAP was alleged to have followed a different agenda led by these tropicalised brand new christians who look Chinese on the outside but Western values inside. It is for the 6 million Malaysian Han Chinese to decide whether such Chinese-looking people should represent them and their interests at the next GE. As I also said Malaysia seemed to be full of fakes these days. For example. I bought blue cheese made in Shanghai and China honey made in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia. This is strictly not for those who are not dreaming.

  2. Malaysia seemed to be disinterested in her own security for many years since the Communists downed their guns in 1992. A Special Branch officer complained at the end of the 1990s that his seniors were not interested in his hard work. My relative, Tan Sri Dr C.C. Too, the top adviser on Counter-insurgency to the Government, warned me that one day the Communists will return in another form. How true. After 2003, Malaysia lost Pulau Batu Puteh which she owned before the founding of Singapore in 1819. In a recent event, the LKY inspired TPPA aka CPTPP, the Malaysia SME killer was strongly supported and promoted by the subverted Civil Servants of HMG, one of them whose spouse was a senior journalist stationed in KL, a profession which China, Russia, Iran and North Korea loved to imprison. This ennobled Civil Servant after retirement was daring enough to appear in red-headlines in the Nw Straits Times in January 2017 to demand that the Malaysian Government MUST sign the TPPA Agreement. This thick skinned behaviour by a former ennobled senior Civil Servant demonstrate the lackadaisical attitude of our security services at a time when the ex-Cold War spies in Bangkok have now descended into KL operating for the same masters but a different field of endeavour – commercial espionage or the beginnings of religious espionage using innocent but ambitious political swallows to pursue foreign objectives vide. Hong Kong ! For example, the British sorted out the many types of Chinese clansmen by requesting them to fill in their dialects in Official Government forms. Therefore, for our beloved Malaysia’s desire to maintain her neutrality in this turbulent World as one of the 4 most important small countries of the World being the UK, Japan, Switzerland and Malaysia, I suggest all Government forms should request the applicant to fill in the Chinese dialect and religion like ‘atheist’ or ‘Confucianist’ or ‘Christian – old or new’ or ‘Buddhist’ or ‘Taoist’, ‘Islam’, or ‘Hindu’ etc. etc. for security sake. Government forms may also be GE forms. With the rising rivalry between the US, the West and China and Russia, our beloved Malaysia must maintain her neutral stance as a friend of all and not be subverted by Trojan horses inside our citadel. In 1984, Switzerland caught her own top general with the private dossiers of over 300,000 of her citizens ! This is not for those who are not dreaming ! Stupid.

    1. Simple. The dumb keep their mouths tightly shut ! There is a saying,’If you are stupid. don’t open your mouth !’

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