PETALING JAYA, Nov 28 — The formation of the unity government Cabinet will be made as soon as possible, after taking into account the views of all parties in the government, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
He said the matter must be looked into as the size of the Cabinet in the unity government would be reduced.
“As I said, this is not usual. This unity government involves eight parties.”
“If in the past (when the previous government) came in, 50, 60 (Cabinet members were appointed) it was okay…if that wasn’t enough, ambassadors and special advisers (were also appointed). I am not willing to do that,” he said.
He was speaking to reporters after chairing the Pakatan Harapan (PH) Presidential Council Meeting at the PKR Headquarters here, today.
Asked about the possibility of Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi joining the Cabinet, Anwar said: “We will take everyone’s views into account in the discussion. But we know in terms of the law, only after there is a punishment meted out (when a person is proven guilty by the court)…others (who are not yet proven guilty) we can consider,” he said.
This was the first PH Presidential Council Meeting after Anwar was appointed as the 10th Prime Minister.
Among the main PH leaders present were PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli, DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke, and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu, while MUDA president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and representatives of the United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation (UPKO) were also present.
Anwar also stressed that the Vote of Confidence motion on him would still be presented at the Dewan Rakyat session on Dec 19, although there were PH leaders who believed that the motion did not need to be tabled as there was no issue surrounding Anwar’s legitimacy as Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, he said the meeting today, among other things, discussed the latest developments in PH after facing GE15, in addition to sharing the result of his special meeting with the Sultan of Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah at Seri Perdana, Putrajaya.