Najib to downsize cabinet committees

By Monday April 13th, 2009 No Comments

Among the first decisions which the Najib government would be implementing is to cut down the number of cabinet committees to ensure smoother administration.

This was revealed today by Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

He said that at his meeting with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak a few days ago they agreed that such committees be streamlined into clusters.

Muhyiddin added that the committees on economy would be placed under one cluster just as those for social matters and others under their own clusters.

“If you look from the number of cabinet committees, it is quite large, numbering from 30 to 40 committees,” he told reporters after handing over the duties of International Trade and Industry Minister to Mustapa Mohamed

“Although every committee is important, but to smoothen the administration and ensure every decision is implemented, the prime minister has indicated he may group those committees which are related into clusters,” he added.

Muhyiddin, also the new education minister, said he will continue to discuss the issue with the premier on how to restructure the committees.

“There are many cabinet committees and all of them are important. We also have other matters that we have to implement for the country,” he said.

No news on US FTA talks

On another matter, Muhyiddin also said that the government was waiting for the US government to initiate the stalled Free Trade Agreement (FTA) talks.

He said that the government has yet to receive any signal from the new US administration on the talks.

“We are not sure whether under the leadership of president (Barack) Obama they will give priority to the FTA or address domestic issues first,” he said.

To a question, Muhyiddin said the government was tackling issues that might harm the country’s economy despite lack of indications that things are improving on the global front.

He said that although the US had announced US$700 billion stimulus plan, the impact has yet to be seen.

“We are not to sure where the money will go and how it will impact global trade. There is a similar problem across Europe and Japan, which have not yet seen the light too.

“We are facing that sort of uncertainty and we are wary of the situation,” he was reported as saying in Bernama.

Muhyiddin said the focus now was to stimulate the domestic economy and hoped that the RM67 billion stimulus packages and the mini-budget would be spent by the major sectors.

Source : Malaysiakini

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