KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 27): Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican has been appointed as the new housing and local government minister under the new administration of newly-appointed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He succeeds Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) of Ampang since 2008.

Reezal, who has been the MP for Kepala Batas since May 2013, previously served as the Minister of Youth and Sports in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration under former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin from March 2020 to Aug 2021.

Having worked in the banking sector previously, Reezal took over the party's Division Head of Kepala Batas and became the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the parliamentary seat from the fifth and former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Subsequently, in October 2013, he was elected to the Supreme Council of UMNO, the highest-ranking body of the party.

Back in July 2015 in a Cabinet reshuffle, Reezal was handpicked as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs by former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

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