PM won’t reshuffle Cabinet as Umno, Bersatu tussle for post after Zuraida’s resignation

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has today denied that he will implement a Cabinet reshuffle in order to strengthen his position in leading the administration.

He also said he will meet with Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin first after the latter resigned as plantation industries and commodities minister after defecting from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, a portfolio that has since been fought over by the party and ally Umno.

“She said that she will discuss with me once we meet and I will decide once the discussion has concluded,” he told reporters today.

He also repeated his stance that he will not delay, even for a second, the dissolution of Parliament to make way for the 15th General Election (GE15) once Barisan Nasional (BN) is fully prepared.

“I say that when we are fully prepared, I will not delay, even for a second, to dissolve the Parliament. And as agreed in the Umno General Assembly, I will discuss this with the Top Five in Umno.

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“And today, I agreed that we will also discuss with the BN leadership in deciding the date (of the dissolution of Parliament),” he said at the BN Convention held in conjunction with BN’s 48th anniversary celebration today.

The prime minister proposed three actions to be taken by BN in its preparation for the upcoming GE15.

Ismail Sabri said the first was the need for BN to always strive to achieve a first-class work culture, namely teamwork, discipline and loyalty to the party.

“Loyal BN leaders and members are around not only during good times, but remain loyal when facing challenges. Those in this hall, their loyalty has been tested. They never turned their backs on the party even when faced with threats and pressure, as well as lucrative offers,” he said.

The second, according to Ismail Sabri, is to win the hearts of the people, and with him as the prime minister, will ensure policies that benefit the people.

“Apart from that, the best service should be given to the people. The government is always concerned for the people and looking for the best and immediate initiatives to solving local problems,” he said.

He said the third action was to formulate the GE15 Victory Strategy with focus on strengthening the election machinery of the component parties.

In conjunction with the BN Convention, Ismail Sabri said, it was important for the BN pledge to be renewed, namely the pledge to the people, the pledge to be the best and the pledge to continue the struggle to uphold Malaysia.

“Let us pledge to strengthen cooperation among the component parties. We also need to stay way from external elements that can cause rift among us,” he added.