Dr M: No Cabinet reshuffle, but portfolio changes possible

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  • Thursday, 22 Aug 2019

PUTRAJAYA: The Prime Minister has indicated the possibility of a change in ministers' portfolios but ruled out a Cabinet reshuffle.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he had raised the issue of change in portfolio with the Cabinet on Wednesday (Aug 21).

"I told the Cabinet that there may be a minor change in portfolio but not now.

"There is no Cabinet reshuffle, just changes in portfolio and even then, I haven't done it.

"If I do it, I will let you know," said the Prime Minister Thursday (Aug 22) when asked on another round of speculation of a Cabinet reshuffle.

Asked to confirm talk that former International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed might be joining his Cabinet, the Prime Minister replied in the negative.

"No new ministers, no reshuffle," he said.

On whether he was satisfied on the performance of his ministers, Dr Mahathir said that after more than a year of service, they were now more capable.

On May 5, at a function to commemorate the first anniversary of Pakatan Harapan’s GE14 victory, Dr Mahathir gave his Cabinet a score of “five out of 10” but insisted that the ministers were “learning fast”.

The Star reported that the first reshuffle of the Pakatan Cabinet was due anytime and that a few ministers would be changing portfolios.

Sources said that Dr Mahathir announced this during the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday and was minuted at the meeting.

There has long been talk of a Cabinet reshuffle, with some ministers getting flak for not performing up to the expectations of the public.

Dr Mahathir, however, has repeatedly said there would be no such thing.

The last time Dr Mahathir had denied that there would be a Cabinet reshuffle was on July 19 following a viral photograph of the full Cabinet taken before a meeting in Putrajaya.

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