MALACCA: A minor reshuffle is expected in the portfolios of the Malacca executive council with the decision to include MCA assemblymen in the line-up.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the exco re-designations would only be made after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announces his Cabinet reshuffle.
“There is a possibility of appointing two MCA candidates as exco members but this would depend on the discussion with the party’s leadership and other factors,” he said during a media conference on Thursday night.
Idris said he had always emphasised the importance of including Chinese representatives in the exco and was identifying eligible candidates. Malacca has three MCA state assemblymen – Datuk Lai Meng Chong (Machap), Datuk Ng Choon Koon (Bemban) and Lim Ban Hong (Klebang).
Lim was invited to be present at the media conference, fuelling speculation that he might be the choice.
When asked to confirm if Lim was tipped to be an exco member, Idris said: “I am not saying anything until the official announcement.”
Idris said he had been working hard to be close to the Chinese in Malacca and had even appointed a press secretary to handle matters relating to the community.
“I would like to repeat my earlier statement that I am a Chief Minister for all the rakyat and hope that certain quarters wouldn’t listen to unfounded claims that I am against a certain community. It is definitely not true,” he said.
Idris said that overall, he was also happy with the performance of the current exco line-up who had shown efficiency, teamwork and commitment in spearheading the second phase of Malacca’s developed state status.