‘Utter lie’ to say Cabinet members sidelined in major decisions, says Maszlee

Maszlee Malik (left) with Dr Mahathir Mohamad during an event in Putrajaya today to announce the return of civic studies in schools. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Education Minister Maszlee Malik today said the Cabinet headed by Dr Mahathir Mohamad has always made decisions by common consensus, after a DAP MP called for a review of Pakatan Harapan’s decision-making process in the wake of debate over the move to introduce khat for primary school students.

Referring to Klang MP Charles Santiago’s statement which among others suggested that the prime minister appears to wield too much power, Maszlee said the claim was “an utter lie”, adding that Cabinet decisions were never made unilaterally.

“I refute the allegation by Charles Santiago that the prime minister has been making decisions unilaterally on important and sensitive national issues,” said Maszlee whose ministry has been the target of intense public criticism over the move to introduce khat in vernacular schools.

He said the Cabinet has always been taking “joint decisions”, adding that Mahathir has always “given importance to the views and interests of all parties”.

“I believe other Cabinet members can vouch for this. Issues such as the Rome Statute, Lynas, ICERD and others have been openly discussed.”