PETALING JAYA: MCA and MIC representatives may be chosen as ministers in the anticipated Cabinet reshuffle, expected to happen after the Pelangai by-election on Oct 7.
A source told FMT a “high-level” meeting was held recently to discuss the appointment of representatives from Barisan Nasional’s component parties.
“We will wait until Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim announces the reshuffle because anything can happen, as in the Cabinet announcement last December,” the source said.
BN is presently only represented by Umno and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah in the unity government’s Cabinet, following the 15th general election.
MCA has two MPs – Wee Ka Siong (Ayer Hitam) and Wee Jeck Seng (Tanjung Piai) – while MIC has Tapah MP M Saravanan, who is also the party’s deputy president.
Wee previously served as the transport minister, and Saravanan the human resources minister during the administrations of Muhyiddin Yassin and Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
Yesterday, deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said a Cabinet reshuffle was in order as no one had been appointed to succeed Salahuddin Ayub as the domestic trade and cost of living minister since he died in July.
Last week, speculation on a Cabinet reshuffle also intensified after the civil service heads of five ministries were moved to new positions.
Anwar was also reported as saying he was “thinking” about a reshuffle.