Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak Thursday unveiled his 28-member national unity cabinet including an ethnic Indian in the face of unprecedented protests by ethnic groups alleging marginalization, reports say.
Promising a government responsive to people's aspirations, Najib, who took over as the premier of this multi-ethnic country April 3, said his Cabinet reflected the diversity of the ruling coalition of Barisan Nasional, which is made up of various ethnic parties.
The cabinet selections were seen as an early sign of whether Najib was prepared to speed up promised political and economic reforms, but most of those selected had previously served in the government of his predecessor, Abdullah Badawi.
The Prime Minister named Muhyiddin Yassin as deputy prime minister and minister for education, Anifa Aman as foreign minister and Mustapa Mohammed as the new international trade minister. He also announced 40 deputy ministers while retaining finance portfolio.
He retained the portfolio of ethnic Indian Subramaniam, who belongs to the Malaysian Indian Congress, a major component of the ruling coalition, as human resources minister. He named Koh Tsu Koon, the leader of Malaysian Chinese Association, also a part of the coalition as a minister in the Prime Minister's department, in-charge of national unity.
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