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21 June 2018

Non-performing Cabinet members will be replaced

Non-performing Cabinet members will be replaced
KUALA LUMPUR: Non-performing Cabinet Ministers will be dropped and replaced by other more qualified members of parliament, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The Prime Minister said selecting ministers was not an easy task and that no Cabinet was ever perfect and free of public criticism.  

“There is no perfect Cabinet. There will always be defects. No matter who we choose, there are bound to be people who will express dissatisfaction.

"I know many people are not happy with my selection. But we cannot satisfy everybody,” he said.

He told reporters this after the swearing in of 13 Cabinet Ministers before Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V at Istana Negara here.

Dr Mahathir added that he would now be able to hold a Cabinet meeting even though a few more ministerial posts have yet to be filled.

According to him, the number of Cabinet Ministers would likely reach 28 to include representatives from Sabah and Sarawak.

When asked on the criticisms over his selection of Dr Maszlee Malik as Education Minister, Dr Mahathir pointed to the latter's credentials as a professor, an intellectual with a religious academic background, who was also proficient in the English language.

“We cannot simply choose an old guard or someone with ‘connection'. We have to give others a chance.

"Many of the new ministers do not have experience. So we have to get the assistance of experts,” he said. - Bernama


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