Some of the new faces

Swearing in before the Malaysian King are (from left) Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Mohamaddin Ketapi; International Trade and Industry Minister Ignatius Darell Leiking; Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Law) Liew Vui Keong; Federal T
Swearing in before the Malaysian King are (from left) Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Mohamaddin Ketapi; International Trade and Industry Minister Ignatius Darell Leiking; Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Law) Liew Vui Keong; Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad; Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Religion) Mujahid Yusof Rawa; and Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin.PHOTO: BERNAMA

SYED SADDIQ SYED ABDUL RAHMAN, 25

Youth and Sports Minister

He is the youngest ever Malaysian minister. He studied at the Royal Military College, Malaysia, read law at the International Islamic University Malaysia, and is known for his debating skills. He won Asia's Best Speaker award at the Asian British Parliamentary Debating Championship thrice and was chief judge for the Cambridge Inter-Varsities Debate in Britain. The MP for Muar in Johor is one of the co-founders of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, and chief of its youth wing.

IGNATIUS DARELL LEIKING, 47

International Trade and Industry Minister

He is a barrister-at-law from Lincoln's Inn in Britain, and read law at the University of Hertfordshire. He has been a lawyer since 1994.

The son of a former assemblyman in Sabah, Mr Leiking was a division chief for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) before he left the party in 2016 to jointly set up Parti Warisan Sabah and become its deputy president.

MOHAMADDIN KETAPI, 61

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister

He read law at the University of Buckingham in Britain.

He was state assemblyman for Parti Bersatu Sabah from 1986 to 1990 and served as assistant minister to the Sabah deputy chief minister during the same period.

He became a Warisan division chief in 2016.

SAIFUDDIN ABDULLAH, 57

Foreign Minister

Born to an Islamic cleric father and a schoolteacher mother in Pahang, he studied at Universiti Malaya and Harvard.

He was made deputy minister of entrepreneur and cooperative development under former premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi from 2008 to 2009.

He was deputy higher education minister under former prime minister Najib Razak from 2009 to 2013. He quit Umno to join PKR in 2015 over the 1MDB debacle.

YEO BEE YIN, 35

Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Minister

She studied chemical engineering at the Universiti Teknologi Petronas and graduated with First Class Honours. After two years working with Schlumberger, she went on to gain a master's in advanced chemical engineering at Cambridge University.

She joined the Chinese-dominated Democratic Action Party (DAP) in 2012. She is the political education director of Selangor state for the DAP Women's wing.

Hazlin Hassan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 03, 2018, with the headline 'Some of the new faces'. Print Edition | Subscribe