Seventh Mahathir cabinet
Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, being the Prime Minister of Malaysia for the second time on 10 May 2018, has formed the seventh Mahathir cabinet after being invited by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V to form a new government. Initially, he announced that the Cabinet will be composed of 10 key ministries only representing Pakatan Harapan parties, i.e. Malaysian United Indigenous Party (BERSATU), People's Justice Party (PKR), Democratic Action Party (DAP) and National Trust Party (AMANAH), as he suggested "to being a small Cabinet" rather than to have "a huge Cabinet". Then, on 21 May 2018, that list has expanded by 13 ministries. On 2 July 2018, 13 Ministers and 23 Deputy Ministers took office. Currently, it has a total of 28 Ministers.
|Seventh Mahathir cabinet|
20th cabinet of Malaysia
|Date formed||21 May 2018|
|People and organisations|
|Head of state|| Sultan Muhammad V 2018-2019|
Al-Sultan Abdullah 2019-present
|Head of government||Dr. Mahathir Mohamad|
|Deputy head of government||Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail|
|No. of ministers||28|
|Status in legislature||Coalition majority government|
|Opposition leaders||Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi 2018-2019|
Ismail Sabri Yaakob 2019-present
|Election(s)||Malaysian general election, 2018|
|Legislature term(s)||14th Malaysian Parliament|
|Predecessor||Second Najib cabinet|
Council of Eminent Persons
In addition to the Cabinet, Mahathir established an advisory team called "Council of Eminent Persons" or "Council of Elders" (Malay: Majlis Penasihat Kerajaan, literally Government Advisory Council). The purpose of this Council is to advise the Government on matters pertaining to economic and financial matters during the transition of power period. Since 12 May 2018, members of the Council are:
Under this Cabinet:
- A new Ministry of Economic Affairs was established as a result of separation of economic affairs portfolio from the Prime Minister's Department.
- Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism was reinstated to its old name, Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs.
- Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation formed in the previous Cabinet, were merged into two new ministries, namely Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change and Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources.
- Ministry of Entrepreneur Development was reinstated as a result of transfer of such function from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry and the then-Ministry of Domestic Affairs, Co-operatives and Consumerism.
- Ministries of Education and Higher Education were merged. A single Ministry of Education is reinstated.
- Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities was renamed as Ministry of Primary Industries.
- Ministry of Rural and Regional Development was reinstated to its old name, Ministry of Rural Development.
- Ministry of Tourism and Culture was renamed as Ministry of Tourism, Art and Culture.
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