PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said there was no major overhaul of the Cabinet because he was happy with the line-up.
“Furthermore, the present Cabinet had been formed for just slightly more than a year. You have to give time for them (the members) to perform and we will review if necessary when the time comes,” he said at a press conference to announce additions to the line-up yesterday.
Najib enlarged the Cabinet with three ministers, while also appointing three deputy ministers.
The Prime Minister said he had waited for the “right timing” to make an announcement, which was necessitated by a recent decision of the MCA to rejoin the Government.
Five positions were accorded to top MCA leaders while Gerakan president Datuk Mah Siew Keong was made a minister following his success in wresting Teluk Intan from DAP in last month’s by-election.
“We couldn’t announce earlier partly due to the MH370 incident as we had to give full focus to the search and rescue mission.
“A (Cabinet) reshuffle was always on the cards but we had to look at the right timing,” Najib said at the Prime Minister’s Office Complex here.
He admitted that the Cabinet was now bigger than he had previously expected it to be, but said the situation could not be avoided due to a circumstance that was “out of the ordinary”.
He did not foresee problems in the decision-making process due to a larger Cabinet.
Najib hoped that a wider range of opinions would be collected and shared with more members at the federal decision-making level.
“My expectation is for them to perform their responsibilities well and to execute government policies in a collective manner.
“This is the Barisan Nasional, so although we represent our own component parties, we have to take into account the interest of all parties.
“I would like to make sure our promise to the people will be executed in full so that we will continue to uphold the trust of the people towards the Barisan.”
He added that he would discuss with both Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein soon on a segregation of responsibilities relating to the MH370 search and rescue mission.
Hishammuddin, who is the Defence Minister, had assumed the position of acting Transport Minister after the 13th general election.
Liow would now take over as Transport Minister, a portfolio traditionally assigned to MCA under the Barisan administration.
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