KUALA LUMPUR, June 25 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced new appointments to the cabinet on Wednesday, in a bid to enhance the inclusivity of the cabinet.
Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) president Liow Tiong Lai was appointed as the new transport minister, while his deputy Wee Ka Siong and Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong were appointed as ministers in the Prime Minister's Department.
At the same time, Lee Chee Leong, vice president of the MCA, was appointed as deputy minister of international trade and industry; Chua Tee Yong, vice president of the MCA, was appointed as deputy minister of finance; Chew Mei Fun, vice president of the MCA, was appointed as the deputy minister of women, family and community development.
Najib said he made the new appointments in a bid to ensure that the make-up of the cabinet and the government broadly reflected of the nation.
"Barisan Nasional was founded on the principles of unity. From its inception and throughout its history, Chinese, Indian other minority political parties have played a central role in our coalition. It is crucial that they take their rightful place at the heart of government," he added.
The MCA, major Chinese component parties of the ruling coalition, declined to accept any cabinet posts last year due to its poor showing in the election, which made the cabinet see a sharp drop of number of ministers or deputy ministers from the ethnic-Chinese, which accounts for 25 percent of Malaysia's total population.