PM keeps busy finalising Cabinet on Day 2

It is important to speed up the appointment process, says Muhyiddin

By P PREM KUMAR / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

Prime Minister (PM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was kept busy on his second day in office, with Pakatan Harapan component party leaders submitting their respective recommendations for Cabinet positions.

Dr Mahathir, who is currently based at the Perdana Leadership Foundation which he chairs, met leaders from DAP and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) — each bringing a set of names to fill the Cabinet positions that are expected to be fully realised this week.

Reporters were not allowed into the foundation’s premises, but they were allowed to speak to visitors outside of its compound.

DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng was seen leaving Dr Mahathir’s office at 10am with Seremban MP Anthony Loke, former Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong and Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo.

Shortly after, it was Auditor-General Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad’s turn, who was seen entering the location. She left after 30 minutes.

PPBM president and Home Minister-designate Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin arrived at the PM’s Office, and told the press later that he met Dr Mahathir to submit a list of recommended MPs from the party to head the ministries.

“We only have a total of 13 MPs, minus Tun (Dr Mahathir), myself and Mukhriz…so our number is not big,” he said, referring to Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, as well as the total number of PPBM MPs.

Muhyiddin said the appointment of the Cabinet positions should no longer be delayed in order for the new government to begin the country’s administration. “We have a lot of work to do…it is important to speed up the appointment process.

“We have been given a large mandate. The people put high hopes on us and would like to see us as a government that does our work,” he said. After lunch time, Dr Mahathir met Chief Justice (CJ) Tun Md Raus Sharif and former Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, where the duo were seen arriving at the venue separately in a black Toyota Alphard and a black Proton Perdana respectively, at 2.42pm.

Former Special Branch deputy director Datuk Abdul Hamid Bador, who arrived at 3.25pm, said he was called in by Dr Mahathir to his office, but declined to comment further on the meeting.

“I was summoned to see him,” Abdul Hamid said briefly, while adding some retired or transferred policemen were also waiting in queue to see Dr Mahathir.

Abdul Hamid, a former senior police intelligence officer, was abruptly transferred to a different federal agency in August 2015.

Citing health reasons, Abdul Gani called time on his tenure as AG in July 2015, and was replaced by former Federal Court Judge Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali.

There have been calls for Md Raus to step down as CJ due to allegations that his appointment had violated the Federal Constitution.