Anwar to meet Hajiji, Shafie to discuss formation of Cabinet

PUTRAJAYA: Meetings with parties from Sabah will be held on Sunday (Nov 27) to discuss the formation of the Cabinet, says the Prime Minister.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he will be meeting with Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) chairman Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor and Warisan president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal in Perdana Putra here.

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He added that talks on the new Cabinet are expected to conclude within the next few days after he meets all members of the unity government.

“Of course, it takes time. I have to discuss it (formation of Cabinet) with the coalition members.

“I had a very good meeting with Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) chairman Datuk Seri Abang Johari and we spoke to Barisan Nasional, which also has a working committee to give some recommendations,” he told reporters after chairing the National Action Council on Cost of Living Special Meeting here.

Anwar reiterated that his Cabinet size will be reduced to put an end to “extravagance".

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“I don’t want to continue with this extravagant manner of appointing ministers as a form of reward.

“Of course, we can consider one or two positions as advisers where it is absolutely necessary but it shouldn’t be seen as rewarding the political masters in order to gain support,” he said.

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