Now all on the same page


PUTRAJAYA: Despite their differences and past battles, the Cabinet team has a good relationship now, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The Prime Minister said there was good cooperation among his Cabinet members.

“I can personally vouch for this,” he said during his monthly meeting with the staff of the Prime Minister’s Department here yesterday.And despite their different political backgrounds, he said the Cabinet works as a team.

“This is happening despite us having a ‘past history’, clash of ideas and even big fights, especially between me and the Deputy Prime Minister on my right,” he said, referring to Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Ahmad Zahid, who was standing on Anwar’s right, broke into a smile then.

Anwar said his Cabinet team shared the same commitment and views when it comes to serving the country.

“This cannot be denied, and I am thankful that we are all on the same page,” he added.

He called on civil servants to put aside their differences and work together with his administration to serve Malaysians.

Anwar and Ahmad Zahid were close allies during the former’s time in Umno before he was sacked in 1998.

However, Anwar’s PKR and Ahmad Zahid’s Umno were fierce political opponents for years until after the 15th General Election last November when the unity government was formed.

Pakatan Harapan (the coalition in which PKR is a member) and Barisan Nasional (which Umno leads) cooperated to form the government when no single party obtained a simple majority.

Anwar, who was named Prime Minister, picked two deputies – Ahmad Zahid and Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof of Gabungan Parti Sarawak.

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