PUTRAJAYA, May 15 – Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the list of names of the Cabinet Ministers and the portfolios they would lead will be decided by him as the Prime Minister in principle. He said the Pakatan Harapan component parties had submitted the names of the Cabinet members and the ministries selected.
“I will confirm who will be holding posts and the portfolios they will hold. There is a possibility that I will again meet the party leaders (in Pakatan Harapan) but the principle is that I, as the Prime Minister, will make the final decision,” he said at a packed media conference at the Perdana Leadership Foundation, here today.
Dr Mahathir said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had submitted the proposed names from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and their respective portfolios in the Cabinet during a meeting with him (Dr Mahathir) today.
“They (PKR) submitted 10 names although they were requested to submit three. Among the 10 names, the priority is for the first core Cabinet which is a Cabinet of 10 members,” he said.
Dr Mahathir said another party that also submitted names for Cabinet members was Amanah which sent three names. He said Amanah president Mohamad Sabu did not meet him but instead sent a list of three names by letter.
Asked on the announcement last Saturday regarding DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng who was named Finance Minister whereas he was still facing a charge at the Penang High Court, Dr Mahathir said Lim was only named and had not been sworn-in.
“He (Lim) is not a minister yet until he is sworn-in,”he added. Dr Mahathir said every minister appointed must be someone who is eligible to become one and if there is a case (against him), he could not be appointed as a minister. — Bernama