Cabinet reshuffle rumour plot to cause tension, says Anwar

Anwar Ibrahim.

KUALA LUMPUR: Anwar Ibrahim has described the rumour about a Cabinet reshuffle after the Chinese New Year celebration as something deliberately created and sensationalised by certain quarters to cause tension in Pakatan Harapan (PH).

The PKR president said the rumour had also been dismissed by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“Even Tun Dr Mahathir said that we need not entertain such rumours, I have also met with (Economic Affairs Minister) Mohamed Azmin Ali after his surgery.

“Everything is good. The rumour was deliberately sensationalised to create tension,” he told reporters when met at the International Seminar on Contemporary Islamic thought and Societal Reforms at the International Islamic University Malaysia here last night.

Anwar said this in response to a recent blog post claiming that Azmin would be appointed deputy prime minister after the Chinese New Year.

The blog also claimed that the rumour followed the fact that Azmin had been given many important tasks by Mahathir, including being made chairman of the Kelantan State Action Council and possibly heading the establishment of another National Economic Action Council.