Malaysia PM Anwar to ‘hear all views’ before selecting Cabinet

He added that a key issue to consider is that his Cabinet will be downsized and that he will not appoint Cabinet ministers as a form of reward. 

“In previous governments, the leader would just keep adding to it. 50? ok. 60? ok, 70, ok? Not enough? Special envoy. Not enough? Special adviser. I am not willing to do that,” he added. 

Mr Anwar was also asked if he would take into consideration the views of certain non-governmental organisations to not consider MPs with ongoing court cases in his Cabinet, including BN chairman Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. 

Mr Anwar said: “That’s a view we take into consideration. But from a legal perspective, only after there is a judgment (will it matter). The rest, we will consider,” said Mr Anwar. 

On Sunday, Mr Anwar said that he would announce his Cabinet in the next few days as he is currently in discussion with coalition members, including the four main parties in Pakatan Harapan – Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Democratic Action Party (DAP), Amanah and the United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation.

Over the weekend, Mr Anwar also held discussions with leaders of PH’s coalition partners, such as Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) chairman Hajiji Noor and Gabungan Parti Sarawak chairman Abang Johari Tun Openg. 

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