Economists offer mixed views on ‘recycled’ cabinet


Hailey Chung Wee Kye

Economists have mixed views over Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob's cabinet, with some praising the almost identical line-up, while others express doubt over the cabinet's political will. – The Malaysian Insight file pic by Seth Akmal, September 3, 2021.

ECONOMISTS have expressed mixed views over the “recycled” cabinet appointed by Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, with some saying that economic recovery and growth should be measured by the new government’s ability to handle the Covid-19 outbreak in Malaysia, rather than the composition of the cabinet.
 
Experts are divided on whether the new cabinet composition should be lauded or criticised. While some view the similarity in minister line-up as a sign of continuity, others are sceptical of the new government’s intent and competence to resolve the economic crisis faced by the people.

According to associate professor Dr Shri Dewi Applanaidu, the appointment of Khairy Jamaluddin as the health minister is one of the highlights of Ismail’s new cabinet line-up, seeing as the former science, technology and innovation minister had proved himself as the coordinator of the national vaccination programme.
 
The academic from Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) School of Economics, Finance and Banking called Khairy’s appointment “a brilliant move” which will help Putrajaya be more focused and efficient in fighting the virus.
 
“Herd community can be achieved at a much faster rate which will allow economic sectors to reopen, significantly contributing to economic recovery,” Shri said. 


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