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PM Anwar is expected to unveil his Cabinet by this week

NewsPM Anwar is expected to unveil his Cabinet by this week

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is rumoured to be announcing his Cabinet by this Friday (2 December) to allow the new Cabinet members to be sworn in before this weekend.

This comes after Anwar’s audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah at Istana Negara on Tuesday (29 November). It was also rumoured that Anwar has presented his list of new Cabinet to His Highness.

This is also Anwar’s first weekly meeting with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, which was held yesterday instead of the usual Wednesdays, following the Council of Rulers Meetings that took place on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Anwar is said to have spent the entire afternoon on Wednesday (30 November) focusing on his Cabinet composition.

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Cabinet is to be trimmed to 25 ministries

According to The Star, the Cabinet is likely to be trimmed to 25 ministries. At the same time, Anwar is facing the challenge to juggle many political interests and trim down the Cabinet to a decent size.

It is also speculated that there could be two Deputy Prime Ministers, represented by UMNO president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamid and another possibly from Sarawak.

Meanwhile, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) is expected to keep the powerful Finance Minister post and the Home Affairs Minister portfolio. Both of these portfolios were also contested by UMNO.

As for the ministerial positions, it is expected that the majority of them would go to PKR, UMNO, DAP, and GPS, but it would also include Warisan, Amanah, and UPKO.

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Anwar’s Cabinet remains a mystery now

According to PKR information chief Fahmi Fadzil, he said that he understood that the announcement would be made as soon as possible, but he did not have any information about it.

“I don’t have any information. Some journalists have contacted me and I don’t have any information about this matter.”

“What I understand is it will be announced as soon as possible, but I have no information about the period of time,” he said.

Nonetheless, he did not deny the possibility of appointing Ahmad Zahid as DPM as they acknowledged that he was a key figure in the formation of the coalition government.

“The harsh reality is that without Zahid, there is no PH-led unity government. We have to consider that. The Perikatan Nasional with Bersatu and PAS will gladly welcome him and Barisan into their ranks and form the Federal Government.”

“Let Anwar have the space to draw the list but there will be no announcement on Thursday (1 December), as of now,” he said.

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