PUTRAJAYA — May 14, 2018: There is now uncertainty over the position of DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng regarding his appointment as finance minister as announced by Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad last Saturday.
Lim was named to the Cabinet with two others but at a press conference today Mahathir was asked about the former’s position in view of the case he faces before the court over the purchase of a bungalow in Penang where he served as chief minister since after the general elections in 2008.
According to Mahathir, Lim was only named and had not been sworn-in. “He (Lim) is not a minister yet until he is sworn-in.”
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.
“We have to follow the rule of law… if he is eligible to be a minister, then he can be. But if the law says until he is clear from any charges or something then only he can be a minister, we will wait.”
When asked further if Lim could be sworn-in as a minister now, Mahathir replied that a report must first be obtained to determine if he could take the oath of office.
“I will follow the rule of law.”
He also told reporters that the appointment of ministers and their portfolios in principle will be decided by him as the PM.
Deputy Prime Minister appointee Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail submitted 10 names from her party Parti Keadilan Rakyat while Amanah sent three names.
The core Cabinet of 10 ministers is expected to be announced this week, to be followed by the remaining 15.