Wednesday, March 26, 2008
New Domestic Trade Minister
IP is under domestic trade minister portfolio in Malaysia. Shahrir Samad is sworn in as our new domestic trade minister. He holds a bachelors degree in statistics and an MBA.
Before the elections, he was the chairman of Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) and Publics Account Committee (PAC). He resigned from BNBBC in 2006 because he couldn't get support from other BNBBC members to support a motion to query a 'close one eye' incident at Melaka customs. When he was PAC chairman he was tasked to investigate the Port Klang Free Trade Zone scandal. Viewed as a person with high integrity, his appointment as domestic trade minister shows the seriousness of the government in healing local economies. Domestic trade ministry is one of the toughest and most criticized ministry. Bread and butter issue is one of the main concern voiced by voters.
He maintain a blog in Bahasa Malaysia.