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Dr M mulls cabinet reshuffle after crushing defeat at Tg Piai

November 21, 2019

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Prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad is mulling a cabinet reshuffle following the opposition’s massive victory at the Tanjung Piai by-election last weekend.

Speaking at a press conference at the Bersatu headquarters in Petaling Jaya, Mahathir said the issue of a reshuffle was raised during the party’s supreme council meeting this afternoon during which they discussed the by-election.

Without committing to any time frame, Mahathir did not discount the possibility that the reshuffle might take place before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit to be hosted by Malaysia in November next year.

However, he said the government must take into consideration the constraints of making “radical changes” ahead of such an important international event.

“The members of the council gave their views based on their observations (of the by-election) and reports from independent parties not related to the party.

“We admit that there are several causes for the big loss, including the factor of our party being a young party and still immature and has yet to be well-organised in Tanjung Piai as well as in other places.

“There were also the issues of the cost of living, the economy and the fact that we could not distribute (monetary) assistance as much as the previous government had, and many other things.

“And lastly, we also received a view that there is the need to have a cabinet reshuffle. As the prime minister is responsible for cabinet reshuffling, I listened to these views and will update (the government) on this call to have a cabinet reshuffle,” said Mahathir.

BN’s victorious Tg Piai candidate, Wee Jeck Seng (centre)

The Pakatan Harapan chairperson, however, stressed that a decision on changes to the cabinet would not be done overnight as the ruling coalition would need to evaluate the performance of its ministers first.

Mahathir also mentioned that he did not have absolute power to decide on the composition of the cabinet as he would still need to consider the views of other Harapan component parties.

“The constraint is that even though I am the PM, I have to give consideration to the component parties. I cannot change or drop (ministers) just like that,” he said.

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