No Cabinet reshuffle, says Dr M

PUTRAJAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad today denied a news report of a possible Cabinet reshuffle.

“There is not going to be any Cabinet reshuffle,” he told reporters after attending a gathering with civil servants here this afternoon.

He was asked to comment on a report by The Star that he had informed ministers at their weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday that there would be a reshuffle of portfolios, with changes to be announced as soon as this week.

Mahathir also shot down talk that former international trade and industry minister Mustapa Mohamed would be made a minister again.

“No new ministers,” Mahathir said.

When asked how such talk came about, Mahathir said that he had mentioned to his Cabinet members that there may be slight changes in terms of the portfolios.

“But there is none yet. When I decide to do so, I will inform you,” he said, adding he could not reveal which portfolios he wanted to “adjust” but would do so at a later time “if there is a necessity”.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng had earlier today denied submitting a list of names to the prime minister for a Cabinet reshuffle, saying the line-up will remain.

“The Cabinet will remain as it is, especially DAP ministers,” Lim said at a press conference after attending the Budget 2020 focus group meeting on affordable housing here.

On speculation that Mahathir had announced this at a Cabinet meeting yesterday, he said the meeting had been on government administrative matters.

Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin, who was also present today, likewise denied knowledge of the matter.