Malaysia PM Najib Razak reshuffles cabinet to strengthen coalition

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak had announced his plan to rejig the lineup last month. Photograph:( AFP )

Reuters Kuala Lumpur Jun 27, 2016, 09.41 AM (IST)
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak reshuffled his cabinet today in a bid to strengthen the ruling coalition, amid speculation that he could call an early election next year.

Mah Siew Keong, a senior ethnic Chinese politician, was appointed plantation industry and commodities minister. Noh Omar, a leader in Najib's United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), was appointed Minister for Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, the prime minister told a press conference.