Wednesday, February 15, 2006

New Tourism Minister-Tengku Adnan

*From Bernama news source*

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 14 (Bernama) -- Former Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, who was excluded from the Cabinet in the reshuffle in 2004, has been appointed as Tourism Minister.

The Member of Parliament for Putrajaya was appointed to replace Datuk Dr Leo Michael Toyad who was not retained in the Cabinet reshuffle announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Tuesday.

Tengku Adnan, 56, who is also chairman of the Federal Territories Umno Liaison Committee, was made a Senator in 2000 before being appointed Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in 2001, He was later appointed into the Cabinet as Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in 2002.

When asked to comment on his appointment today, Tengku Adnan said he was thankful to the Prime Minister for his trust in reappointing him as a Cabinet minister.

"I will meet the Prime Minister soon to seek his views to improve the (Tourism) Ministry," he told Bernama.

He said he knew of his appointment through the announcement by the Prime Minister which was carried live by TV3, adding that he would also meet Toyad to seek clarification on all ongoing as well as future programmes undertaken by the ministry in developing the country's tourism industry.

Tengku Adnan, who first became involved in politics at the age of 19 when he held the post of Setapak Umno Youth head, was elected a member of the Umno Supreme Council (MT) in 1993 but failed to defend his post in the 1996 Umno election.However, he was again elected into the Umno MT in 2004.

He had also held the post of Umno executive secretary in 1999 and resigned from the post in 2004.In the 2004 general election, Tengku Adnan beat the Parti Keadilan candidate Abdul Rahman Othman with a 3,546-vote majority for the Putrajaya parliamentary constituency.

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