How Twitterverse is reacting to PM Anwar Ibrahim’s new cabinet

Meet the ministers


By Natalie Khoo

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How Twitterverse is reacting to PM Anwar Ibrahim’s new cabinet

Just over a week after assuming the role of Malaysia’s 10th Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has finally announced his cabinet lineup today (2 December 2022). As promised, it is a leaner Cabinet than that of his predecessor, Ismail Sabri Yaakob, with only 28 members. 

The premier has appointed himself as the Finance Minister, with Barisan Nasional’s (BN) Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Gabungan Parti Sarawak’s (GPS) Fadillah Yusof serving as his deputies. This marks the first time Malaysia has two deputy prime ministers. 

The political composition of the Cabinet is made up of Pakatan Harapan (15 seats) through PKR, DAP, Amanah and Upko; Barisan Nasional (six) through Umno; Gabungan Parti Sarawak (five) through PBB, PRS, and PDP; and Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (one) through Sabah Bersatu.


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Five women have been appointed as ministers—the same number as the Pakatan Harapan Cabinet of 2018. Four out of the 28 ministers are not MPs and must be appointed as senators before they can assume office. They are Tengku Zafrul Aziz, Saifuddin Nasution, Zambri Abd Kadir and Na’im Mokhtar. 

The ministers will be sworn in on Saturday at 3pm. In a televised address, PM Anwar said: “After swearing in tomorrow, I will hold a special meeting with the ministers so that some rules, directions, new methods can be introduced in order to speed up the efforts in carrying out their duties.” 

See the full list of cabinet ministers below and keep scrolling to find out how netizens are reacting to the news. 


Prime Minister and Finance Minister: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim

Deputy Prime Minister and Rural and Regional Development Minister: Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

Deputy Prime Minister and Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister: Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof

Transport Minister: Anthony Loke

Agriculture and Food Security Minister: Mohamad Sabu

International Trade and Industry Minister: Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz

Local Government Development Minister: Nga Kor Ming

Health Minister: Dr Zaliha Mustafa

Defence Minister: Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan

Higher Education Minister: Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin

Education Minister: Fadhlina Sidek

Economic Affairs Minister: Rafizi Ramli

Communications and Digital Minister: Fahmi Fadzil

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law and Institutional Reform): Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said

Science and Technology Minister: Chang Lih Kang

Home Minister: Saifuddin Nasution Ismail

Women, Family and Community Development Minister: Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri

Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Minister: Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub

Works Minister: Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi

Environment and Climate Change Minister: Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad

Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister: Ewon Benedick

Foreign Minister: Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir

Tourism Minister: Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing

National Unity Minister: Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs): Datuk Dr Na’im Mokhtar

Youth and Sports Minister: Hannah Yeoh

Minister in Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah Sarawak Affairs): Datuk Armizan Mohd Ali

Human Resources Minister: V. Sivakumar


There you have it—all 28 ministers of the unity government led by PM Anwar Ibrahim. As expected, Malaysians had mixed reactions and we’ve picked out some of the best ones we’ve spotted on Twitter:



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