Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today dismissed rumours of a Cabinet reshuffle that would reportedly take place after the Chinese New Year festival, saying there was no such thing.
“Anything about the Cabinet reshuffle is fake news. I stand by my Cabinet,” he told reporters.
Dr Mahathir was asked to comment on a recent blog post claiming that Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali would be appointed deputy prime minister after the Chinese New Year.
Following the blog post, speculation strengthened on the possible appointment of Azmin as deputy prime minister because talk is that Mahathir has been giving him important assignments, including making him chairman of the Kelantan State Action Council and, possibly, to also head the proposed body similar to the previous National Economic Action Council.
On Tuesday (Feb 5), when asked a similar question by the media, Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah said she did not have any inkling about an impending Cabinet reshuffle after the Chinese New Year.
“That you have to ask the prime minister because I have not heard anything about it,” she had told reporters.