What reshuffle? Ministers direct queries to PM

Muhyiddin (centre) said only that it was Dr Mahathir’s right as the PM to decide the composition of his Cabinet at any time. — Picture by Miera Zulyana
Muhyiddin (centre) said only that it was Dr Mahathir’s right as the PM to decide the composition of his Cabinet at any time. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 — Pakatan Harapan ministers declined to comment on a rumoured Cabinet reshuffle motivated ostensibly by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s dissatisfaction with the performance of some members of his administration.

Home Affairs Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said only that it was Dr Mahathir’s right as the PM to decide the composition of his Cabinet at any time.

“It is not for me to comment but you have to ask the PM whether it is true or not.

“As far as I am concerned, I am not aware of such plans unless you ask PM .it is his prerogative,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby, today.

Education Minister Maszlee Malik said the rumoured Cabinet reshuffle was simply a distraction propagated by Opposition cyber troopers to mask the real issues surrounding the arrests and charges against Barisan Nasional leaders.

“It is all done by the Opposition as a smokescreen, a diversion, a red herring from the real issue.

“The real issue is that somebody will go ‘inside’ soon, and please keep track of those movements. And they are not the only couple, a lot of others will follow that and that’s for sure,” Maszlee said, without elaborating.

He pointed out that the the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission have summoned several former ministers and public personalities, citing as examples former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the latter’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Rosmah’s lawyer Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent told Malay Mail this morning that his client has been ordered to present herself at the Sessions Court, housed in the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex at 8am this Thursday where charges will be filed against her.

Maszlee said “everybody is safe” when asked if he believed he would remain in his current position as education minister.

“I don’t think there will be a Cabinet reshuffle in the near future as Tun M has told me to revamp the school curriculum, which will take the whole term of Parliament. Doesn’t make any sense,” he added, referring to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.