Reezal Merican: Let the PM decide Zuraida’s position

by FAYYADH JAAFAR / pic by BERNAMA

LEAVE the decision on Datuk Seri Zuraida Kamarudin’s removal as the minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry (MPIC) to Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, says Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican.

He said the appointment of ministers is the absolute prerogative of the prime minister (PM) and should be left to the latter’s wisdom.

“Zuraida’s decision to leave the party is her decision, and I agree with Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar that the appointment and removal of ministers is the absolute prerogative of the PM.

“This is enshrined in the Federal Constitution under article 43 (2) (b),” he said at the Malaysia Book of Records recognition ceremony for LBS Bina Group Bhd today.

Reezal Merican added that the PM is a consultative person but he has absolute prerogative to appoint ministers. 

“We leave it to him, and he has his own wisdom.

“He is the only PM who managed to create an unprecedented memorandum of understanding of cooperation. That shows how consultative he is,” Reezal Merican said, calling on all parties to respect Ismail Sabri’s decision.

Commenting on whether the MPIC minister will be replaced by a member of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, which is Zuraida’s former party, he said it was not his place to comment on it.

Meanwhile, on the affordable housing sector, Reezal Merican said the current situation is fragmented and lacks a comprehensive housing agenda.

“That is why I have reactivated the National Affordable Housing Council, which is chaired by the PM. Our approach is to integrate and ensure that the affordable housing agenda can be carried out thoroughly,” he added.

He also said the central government, local governments and the private sector must work together to achieve the goal of providing shelter to every citizen.

“One of the important components in the Ministry of Housing and Local Government’s agenda is to ensure that every citizen has a home.

“This requires an integrationist approach which involves the central government, state governments and the private sector, such as LBS Bina Group,” he concluded.