Talk is, once again, rife of an impending cabinet reshuffle. The Star and The Malaysian Insider-offshoot The MalayMailOnline have been on the forefront of this latest impending cabinet reshuffle story.
Both The Star and the MMailOnline have obviously taken it upon themselves to drop, appoint and re-designate several ministers, outmanoeuvring even the traditional wheeler dealers in Barisan Nasional.
Someone whispered earlier today that the TMI-offshoot has even started promoting Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin to be the next Finance Minister replacing none other than his cousin the Prime Minister.
Wonder if the TMI-offshoot (and/or its owner) was doing Hisham a favour or otherwise but this talk of an impending cabinet reshuffle is actually nothing but another round of the ordinary political drama that we are so used to by now.
Firstly I doubt the Prime Minster has enough political muscle and/or guts to sack those lame ministers and give us greater hope or renew our fading hope in the government.
Negri Sembilan MB Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan is touted to be one of those who could make his way into the cabinet via a senatorship but that would make two ministers from the Rembau. Will Najib dare such a move?
If Rembau could muster two ministers, then certainly Johor could do with at least another two cabinet members and a couple of deputies.
You certainly won't envy the PM's job if you happen to closely scrutinise the current list of Barisan Nasional MPs but many are counting on Najib to remove his advisors / economic experts from the cabinet and place them in more relevant/suitable positions.
The questions - Why do you need Idris Jala and Paul Low in ministerial capacity to get whatever that they're supposed to do done? Can't Datuk Seri Wahid Omar do his job without having to sit in the cabinet?
Whether a reshuffle becomes a reality or not, a MCA MP would be made the Transport minister and Gerakan president Datuk Mah Siew Keong would make his way back into the cabinet. That is as certain as Aidil Fitri after Ramadan.
Your guess on the rest of the new cabinet line-up would be as good as mine but the most important factor is for the PM to first muster enough guts to undertake real, tangible, meaningful change. You can also call it transformasi if you love the term better than reformasi.
When the interest of the nation comes before everything else, next-of-kin, friends, relatives, warlords, advisors and the likes included, the rest would be a breeze.