PUTRAJAYA: Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng today denied submitting a list of names to the prime minister for a Cabinet reshuffle, saying the line-up will remain according to status quo.
“The Cabinet will remain as it is, especially DAP ministers,” he said in a press conference after attending the 2020 budget focus group meeting on affordable housing here.
On talk that Dr Mahathir Mohamad had announced this at a Cabinet meeting yesterday, he said the meeting had been on government administrative matters.
“I think you are talking about the ministerial meeting,” he added. “It was about government affairs, not in relation to a Cabinet reshuffle.”
Lim also said the meeting had been with key members of the Cabinet, not party leaders, and denied knowledge of whether former minister Mustapa Mohamed would be joining the line-up.
“Cabinet reshuffles are not decided by me,” he said when asked if such a move was imminent. “I am not the prime minister.”
Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin, who was also present today, likewise denied knowledge of the matter, saying she is neither a party leader nor in the select committee.
The Star daily had quoted sources as saying that Mahathir had informed ministers in their weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday that there would be a reshuffle of portfolios, with changes to be announced in as soon as a week.
Local Chinese papers also reported that Mustapa would almost certainly be given a Cabinet position if a reshuffle does indeed take place.