PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has announced that he will be announcing his Cabinet line-up this evening.
During his speech at a kenduri rakyat in Tambun, Perak earlier, he said he has presented a list of names to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah at Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur when he had an audience with the monarch this morning.
“I have decided to present [the list of names] to Tuanku, and Insya Allah, I will announce the Cabinet line-up this evening,” Anwar said during the event.
He further elaborated that he had discussed this matter several times with the Agong to make sure that the Cabinet can be formed as soon as possible.
According to Anwar, despite the fact that his administration has hundreds of high-calibre candidates to fill the role of ministers, the new Cabinet will be stripped down to allow for better governance and to avoid wastage of public funds.
“We don’t want too many ministers and special ambassadors with ministerial ranks [and] because we want to save the country’s money to give back to the rakyat,” he clarified.
Meanwhile, Anwar said that he will be laying down several codes of conducts and ethics for Cabinet members when they officially meet for the first time at a special meeting on Monday (Dec 5).
“This Monday I will call for a meeting and set several rules for the Cabinet. Rules on their conduct, on governance of their respective ministries, how to engage with public servants, how they announce public policies, and how to avoid wastage of public funds,” he was reported as saying by The Vibes.
In his speech, Anwar also repeatedly pointed out that his Cabinet would focus on revitalising the economy and aim to thoroughly address economic inequality in the country.
The agendas also include improving the quality of education, reducing reliance on food imports and reducing the costs of living, he added. – Dec 2, 2022