Kit Siang Declined Role in Mahathir’s Cabinet

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After Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced the first phase of his cabinet on Friday, questions arose over the absence of DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang from the lineup.

Today, he made it clear that he did not want to be appointed to the new cabinet, reports China Press.

After an event held in Skudai to thank voters, the Iskandar Puteri MP said DAP had enough talent in the new ministerial lineup.

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He added that he had conveyed his intention not to become a minister, but assured that he would still push for reforms for a better Malaysia.

To date, the party has four representatives in the lineup of 13 ministers – Lim Guan Eng for finance, Anthony Loke for transport, Gobind Singh Deo for communications and multimedia, and M Kulasegaran for human resources.

Mahathir had previously announced that the initial cabinet would comprise key ministries and this would be expanded later.

Meanwhile, when asked about the midnight raids on locations linked to former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak, Lim said that the police need to review its standard operating procedure.

“This does not merely apply to former prime minister, but all people,” he said. – Malaysiakini