KUALA LUMPUR: The suggestion for an expansion of the Entrepreneur Development Ministry was not brought up in the Cabinet, says Datuk Darell Leiking (pic).
"It was never brought up in Cabinet. Maybe Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof never intended to imply that it had," said the International Trade and Industry Minister.
Leiking was asked if Redzuan discussed the matter with him and if it had been brought up in Cabinet.
Redzuan had reportedly said he envisioned an expansion of his ministry’s scope to include trade and investment as well.
"Every ministry has its portfolio, with its own focus. Under Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's Cabinet, we work together and we report to each other," Leiking said after launching the #LightUpSomethingNice project at Menara MITI on Thursday (Jan 10).
"Why do we need to disturb other ministries when we are together during the weekly Cabinet meeting?" he asked.
Leiking also said different ministries could work together if there were "cross-border" issues, with the help of secretaries-general of the ministries.
Earlier on Thursday, quoting a source, FMT reported that "many senior officials" were uneasy with Leiking's remarks in response to Redzuan's suggestion for an expansion of the latter’s ministry.
“Leiking overreacted to Redzuan’s comment,” the source told FMT, adding that many felt that Leiking, the Warisan deputy president, was not displaying teamwork.
On Tuesday (Jan 8), the International Trade and Industry Ministry said in a statement that it continues to be the leading ministry in promoting trade and investment for Malaysia and it is "ready and open to collaborate with relevant ministries and agencies to achieve the national economic agenda".