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Mahathir rules out Cabinet reshuffle for now

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad

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SINGAPORE — Nov. 15, 2018: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has ruled out for now the need for a Cabinet reshuffle, considering that it’s only six months old.

“I am not going to but Pakatan Harapan may want. They might want, they might insist. Then I have to consider. But on my part, I have not decided about reshuffling,” he remarked at the end of the 33rd Asean summit here today.

Asked about the “they” he was referring to, Mahathir said: “They are the other parties– PKR or DAP or Amanah.

“It is difficult to assess the performance of Cabinet ministers. I do not want to be changing because it leads to lack of confidence.”

But since there have been some concerns about the performance of some ministers, Mahathir said they will be given a chance.

“They are new and we need to talk to them. I must admit they are not familiar with being in the government. They are familiar with being in the opposition. So some of the things they do reflect their position as the opposition.”

On how long more is he willing to give them time, Mahathir simply replied “I cannot say.” — Bernama

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