A smaller and leaner Cabinet can be expected when the new PM Najib Razak unveil his line-up. There are at present 32 Cabinet Ministers and 27 Ministries, which is certainly excessive for a small country like Malaysiia. This does not include the huge number of deputy ministers.
This time, several ministeries with duplicating functions are expected to be merged or abolished. There is talk that the Higher Education and Education Ministeries will be just one. Culture may go under the Tourism Ministry again. Some of the ministries relating to information technology could possibly be affected too.
We can also expect a lesser number of Ministers in the PM's Department. This is the indication that is coming out from Putrajaya over the past one week. Those who lost in the Umno elections or are caught up in controversies are also expected to be dropped from the Cabinet.
It is certain that there would be an increase in the number of ministers from Sabah and Sarawak. Shafie Apdal, a newly crowned vice-president, is said to be slotted for the Rural Development Ministry. It would be appropriate post for the Sabahan. The ministry is currently held by Muhammad Muhammad Taib. There are also speculations that certain ministeries held by various BN component parties could be swapped.