PKR unhappy with Cabinet announcement, Rafizi says line-up not finalised

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  • Saturday, 12 May 2018

PETALING JAYA: PKR assumes that the decision for the three Cabinet ministers are not final, says party vice-president Rafizi Ramli (pic).

This comes after only top leaders of Pakatan Harapan partner parties had been allocated Cabinet positions.

According to a PKR insider, there was some dissatisfaction when the Cabinet positions were being discussed amongst Pakatan leaders.

PKR wants the most number of Cabinet positions as it is the party with the most number of seats in Parliament.

However the DAP also has its demands and Amanah (Parti Amanah Negara) has asked for all the four partner parties to get an equal number of seats,” said the source.

The source added that most of the PKR representatives had left the Pakatan presidential council meeting to discuss Cabinet positions on Saturday, with only Pakatan Harapan secretariat chief Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah there to hold the fort, as a sign of their disagreement.

They also want the PKR adviser (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) to be involved in the selection process,” he said.

Earlier on Saturday (May 12), the Prime Minister and Pakatan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced three of the 10 ministers that were supposed to have been unveiled (on May 12) after the coalition's presidential council meeting.

They were Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Home Minister, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng as Finance Minister, and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu as Defence Minister.

The other seven ministers that have yet to be named are Economy, Education, Multimedia Science and Technology; Rural Development, Public Works, Transport and Foreign.

In the press conference held to announce these ministers, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister, was conspicuously absent.

In a press statement released after Dr Mahathir's announcement, Rafizi questioned why no PKR members were present at the meeting to finalise the ministers.

"PKR assumes that the discussions are still underway and no final decision had been made – all decisions regarding any appointments must be agreed upon by all four parties in the Pakatan Harapan coalition,” Rafizi said in a statement.

He also acknowledged that Dr Mahathir had met Anwar at the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital to discuss the appointments.

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