Prime Minister Dismisses Rumours of Impending Cabinet Reshuffle

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TUN MAHATHIR MOHAMMAD

KUALA LUMPUR:Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad Wednesday dismissed rumours of a Cabinet reshuffle that would reportedly take place after the Chinese New Year festival, saying there was no such thing.

“No reshuffle, no change. I stick with the same (Cabinet ministers),” he told reporters after attending the Chinese New Year ‘open house’ hosted by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng and the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM) here.

Dr Mahathir was asked to comment on a recent blog post claiming that Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali would be appointed deputy prime minister after the Chinese New Year.

On Tuesday Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said she had not heard anything about a Cabinet reshuffle after the Chinese New Year festival.

The Deputy Prime Minister said any decision on changes to the Cabinet was the prerogative of Tun Dr Mahathir.

“That you have to ask the Prime Minister because I have not heard anything about a Cabinet reshuffle,” she told reporters after attending the Chinese New Year ‘open house’ organised by the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) here.

Dr Wan Azizah was asked to comment on a blog post yesterday claiming that Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali would be appointed deputy prime minister after the Chinese New Year.

Following the blog post, speculation has strengthened on the possible appointment of Mohamed Azmin as deputy prime minister because talk is that Dr Mahathir has been giving him important assignments including making him chairman of the Kelantan State Action Council and, possibly, to also head the proposed body similar to the previous National Economic Action Council.