5 out of 10 a fair score for ministers by PM, says Maszlee

Education Minister Maszlee Malik.

PUTRAJAYA: The five out of 10 score given by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad on the performance of his Cabinet ministers over the past one year after Pakatan Harapan (PH) took over the government, is a fair assessment, said Education Minister Maszlee Malik.

He said as an experienced leader, Mahathir would understand more about the given score.

“It is a fair assessment from a person who has a lot of experience in the government because he is very conservative,” he said when asked to comment on Mahathir’s assessment on the performance of the ministers.

The prime minister was also reported to have said that most of his ministers were new and less experienced when first appointed but they had learned a lot since then.

On Mahathir’s admission that the matriculation programme was created as a “back door” for the Malays to enter public institutions of higher learning (Ipta), Maszlee said the statement referred to the early establishment of matriculation in 1999 to increase the number of Bumiputeras in the science stream at public universities.

Earlier, when speaking at the education ministry’s monthly assembly here today, Maszlee praised civil servants and said the education ministry was lucky to have many civil servants who were highly regarded.