PUTRAJAYA: Ministers from Umno need to continue staying on in the Cabinet because of their responsibility towards the rakyat, says Datuk Seri Reezal Naina Merican.
The Youth and Sports Minister said many of the nine Cabinet members who are from Umno held important posts, especially those directly related to the Covid-19 pandemic management.
"Many of Umno's ministers are directly involved in programmes that affect the rakyat.
"(Science, Technology and Innovation Minister) Khairy (Jamaluddin) is very busy with the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme he oversees.
"Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba as Health Minister has his Covid-19 programme. Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob appears on television nearly every day on Covid-19 control measures.
"My ministry is occupied with the return of sport activities as well as youth unemployment issues.
"These jobs are all a priority and we must carry them out for the people," said Reezal at a press conference after the launch of the Malaysian Vaccine Support Volunteers programme on Wednesday (March 31).
Reezal was commenting on calls by certain quarters that Umno ministers should relinquish their posts as the party had decided to cut ties with the Perikatan Nasional government in the 15th General Election.
Reezal said in Umno's general assembly last weekend, the party did not make a resolution that called for its ministers to resign from Cabinet.
"The resolution did not say that the ministers need to resign immediately.
"If we abandon our responsibilities, it would paint a bad picture of the party and people will say that Umno ministers are irresponsible.
"The fact is, to continue carrying out our responsibilities as ministers is one way to create a good perception of Umno.
"So the question of relinquishing our posts does not arise," he said.