Malaysia PM Mahathir may make changes to Cabinet ministers’ portfolios

  • There may be changes to the portfolios of ministers, said Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on 22 Aug 19. No new faces will be appointed, he stressed, adding that he has yet to make a final decision.
  • On 22 Aug 19, local newspapers reported that a reshuffle was on the cards following the Cabinet meeting on 21 Aug 19. Dr Mahathir clarified on 22 Aug 19 that he had brought up the possibility of a change in portfolio during the meeting.
  • “I told the Cabinet that there may be a minor change in portfolio, but not now,” he said, according to the Star. He also denied that former international trade and industry minister Mustapa Mohamed would be brought back to the Cabinet.
  • Commenting on his Cabinet ministers’ performance, Dr Mahathir said on 22 Aug 19: “I think they are now more experienced compared to 2018 and are now more capable than before.”

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