Its a 'clean' Cabinet lineup, that's what many say. Having Mukhriz as deputy minister is good. Not having KJ is also good as he can focus on efforts to rally Pemuda members behind him. Call it a full time job for him.
Najib has said during the press conference that he himself will help KJ to reorganise the Umno wing (read Rockybru and Mana-Mana in their postings) which is now in a split after the general assembly last month that saw KJ won. (Also read Sakmongkol and Nobisha.)
The premier has called and discussed it with KJ on Wednesday and the young man agreed that at 33, opportunity awaits him as long as he redeems himself and proof that he has all it takes to advance in politics.
KJ also needs to avoid any askance towards him as this may jettison Najib's effort to uphold Umno as the pillar for Malaysian politics. I personally believe Mukhriz and others will be there to give assistance.
Many would say that Najib has had to 'employ' Mukhriz for his 'bin' but I dont agree with such allusion. As KJ has been assigned to shoulder the task to consolidate all factions in Umno, someone from the wing has to be represented in the Cabinet.
As far as Mukhriz appointment is concerned, I dont want to believe that Tun Dr Mahathir has got a hand in it. Its Mukhriz 'rezeki' and Najib's decision instead.
Let the new Cabinet carry out its duty to the rakyat. Those appointed must deliver while those axed should continue contributing ideas and support to the government. Please remember that a Cabinet position is transient. Najib did not make anybody a hangdog.
Those on the list, too must not lose their heads that they are now the corkers or the nation until they proof themselves. On the other hand, those who failed to make the cut are not supposed to be treated like persona non grata or bete noire.
You are appointed not because of your godly character or what. You are there as a big team. Should any of you falter, you may face the axe. Najib was considered smart in planning this lineup as he dared to drop giants like Syed Hamid Albar, Mohd Zin and Azalina to try many new faces.
Let us give them a chance and time. As none of them is faultless, they need all the help and advise available to serve the country. I believe Najib's choice should be fully-respected and accepted.
Time will show and tell...