I declined Cabinet role to focus as Damansara MP, says Gobind


PETALING JAYA: Former minister Gobind Singh Deo says that he declined Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s request to join the Cabinet line up to focus on his current role as Damansara’s Member of Parliament.

Responding to questions on why was not included in the list of Cabinet members announced by Anwar on Friday (Dec 2), the DAP deputy chairman clarified that Anwar “did ask me to be part of his Cabinet”.

“However, after considering the matter, I informed him that I was unable to do so, and that I would focus on my role as an MP and assist the government in all ways that I can moving ahead.

“I wish to thank him for asking me to be part of his cabinet. I again express my full confidence in his leadership and believe that he will be able to successfully take Malaysia to greater heights,” Gobind said in a brief statement on his Facebook page on Saturday (Dec 3).

Gobind was previously the communications and multimedia minister in the Pakatan Harapan government, which was formed in 2018 after the 14th general election (GE14).

The four DAP MPs who will helm ministries in Anwar's cabinet are Anthony Loke as Transport Minister, Nga Kor Ming as Local Government Development Minister, Hannah Yeoh as Youth and Sports Minister and V. Sivakumar as Human Resources Minister.

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