Anwar in Cabinet? No decision on this, says Dr M

Pakatan Harapan chairman and Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad waving to waiting reporters after chairing a meeting of PH leaders today.

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today he has not decided whether to include PKR president and Port Dickson MP Anwar Ibrahim in the Cabinet if there is indeed a Cabinet reshuffle.

“I haven’t made a decision yet,” he told reporters after chairing Pakatan Harapan’s presidential council meeting this evening. “Everything is possible.”

In a short response, Anwar said: “But I did not apply.”

Mahathir also spoke about the response of Cabinet ministers about a possible reshuffle.

“Well, they are not against it. They didn’t say please don’t reshuffle me.”

Mahathir also said the government will look into what the people were unhappy about regarding the various ministries.

“If they feel that we have not done anything, we will try to correct it or if they point out that we must reshuffle, we will consider.”

Dr Mahathir Mohamad and other Pakatan Harapan leaders at the media conference after the PH presidential council meeting.

Last week, following a meeting with PPBM leaders, Mahathir had said he was considering a Cabinet reshuffle. He said then that the reshuffle could happen before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit next year, but added a reshuffle would not solve all of the government’s problems.

He said a decision on the reshuffle would be made after he has analysed and studied the performance of the current ministers.

Earlier this year, political circles had discussed Anwar’s possible inclusion in the Cabinet. However, Mahathir said in August that there was “no room” for Anwar in the Cabinet at present.

“We are not having any change or any increase in the number of members of the Cabinet,” the PPBM chairman had told reporters then.

In response, Anwar had said that he had never offered himself as a minister.