PM Anwar Ibrahim names deputy ministers: Ahmad Maslan, Steven Sim to MoF, Hasbi Habibollah to MoT –

Following last week’s announcement of key cabinet ministers for Malaysia’s 10th prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the deputy minster roles have been announced tonight by Anwar, who is also finance minister.

The announcement comes after the prime minister’s audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah for the presentation of the list of names, with selected ministries to receive two deputy ministers.

Key departments that help shape and define the automotive and mobility industries include the ministry of transport (MOT), ministry of international trade and industry (MITI), works ministry (KKR), ministry of finance (MOF), and in this age of electric vehicles, the ministry of environment and water (KASA).

The following is the list of deputy ministers for the cabinet, in key ministries related to the local automotive landscape:

  • Transport – Datuk Hasbi Habibollah
  • International trade and industry – Liew Chin Tong
  • Works – Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Mohamad
  • Finance – Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan and Steven Sim Chee Keong
  • Economy – Hanifah Hajar Taib
  • Natural resources, nature, climate change – Hwang Tiong Si
  • Domestic trade and cost of living – Fuziah Salleh

The transport ministry determines aspects such as driving licenses, public transport, and road rules, while MITI and MoF determine how vehicles are priced in Malaysia. The works ministry handles public works such as roads and highways, while the ministry of environment and water (KASA) deals with sustainable efforts such as electric vehicles.

In terms of returning cabinet members, Ahmad Maslan was previously deputy minister of finance from 2013 to 2015, and also held the role of deputy minister of international trade and industry from 2015 to 2018.

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