Malaysia Makes History as First Female Deputy Prime Minister Sworn In

Malaysia Makes History as First Female Deputy Prime Minister Sworn In

Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was sworn in as deputy prime minister today, making her the first woman ever in the country to hold the prestigious post.

The Partai Keadilan Rakyat president, who was also named as the women’s affairs minister, led 12 other ministers to be sworn in by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V at Istana Negara here.

Dr Wan Azizah wore an off-white baju kurung with floral print with a light pink tudung while taking the oath, and was accompanied by her husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at the palace.

She had won the Pandan parliamentary seat in the polls, replacing PKR’s Rafizi Ramli.

Dr Wan Azizah. Image: Instagram
Dr Wan Azizah. Image: Instagram


Others are Mohamed Sabu (Parti Amanah Negara) as Defence Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia) as Home Affairs Minister, and Anthony Loke (DAP) as Transport Minister.

Dr Maszlee Malik (Pribumi) was sworn in as Education Minister, a portfolio that became controversial because Dr Mahathir had first named himself to that post before stepping back after realising it contradicted Pakatan’s election manifesto, which stated that the Prime Minister should not hold any other ministerial post.

Malaysia's Federal Cabinet 2018. Image: Malay Mail
Malaysia's Federal Cabinet 2018. Image: Malay Mail

Kulasegaran (DAP) was sworn in as Human Resources Minister, Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (Amanah) as Health Minister, Gobind Singh Deo as Communications and Multimedia Minister and Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin (PKR) as Housing and Local Government Minister.

Lastly, Salahuddin Ayub (Amanah) was appointed Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister and Rina Harun (Pribumi) was made Rural Development Minister.

Source : New Naratif | Malay Mail | The Nation

Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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