Pakatan Harapan (PH) is currently in its 14th month as Malaysia’s government since defeating Barisan Nasional (BN) on May 9 last year.
Comparing the performances of six PH ministers, Salahuddin Ayub, Maszlee Malik, Dzulkefly Ahmad, Gobind Singh Deo, Anthony Loke and Syed Saddiq, only the Minister of Health experienced an increase in his media exposure in June.
However, the Education Minister had the strongest presence in the mainstream media for the first half of 2019. Nevertheless, Maszlee is known to be making controversial statements and decisions. For example, there was the black socks and black shoes implementation, usage of hotel pools for swimming lessons, his appointment as IIUM president and many more.
In June, however, it appears that Maszlee was no longer in the limelight. He was way under the radar in June compared to previous months.
Dzulkefly had the best media exposure in that month primarily because of the latest Pasir Gudang air pollution crisis. Whereas, Maszlee was quiet on the issue despite the fact that five students were hospitalized due to the incident. During the earlier Pasir Gudang crisis in March, Maszlee was active in addressing the issue; leading to the temporary closure of all 111 schools in the district.
Additionally, air pollution was not the only matter that Dzulkefly addressed. He also handled the measles outbreak that affected the Bateq community at Kuala Koh and the plan for policy change to decriminalise drug possession for personal use.
Surprisingly, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq who is known for his popularity has been under the radar lately. So has the Minister of Transport, Anthony Loke who in previous months was active in making policy changes; such as new window tint regulations and making it compulsory for e-hailing drivers to have a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) license.
The government has been facing backlash on their current performance; such as not fulfilling promises made in the PH manifesto and for making U-turn decisions when making policies. Are these ministers doing enough in performing their duties?