Reiterating that his Cabinet will be downsized, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim yesterday said he will do away with the extravagant manner of appointing ministers as a form of reward.
"I want them to support me based on my policies and my commitment towards good governance, my commitment to the anti-corruption drive, and to resuscitate the economy… it is actually that.
"Of course, we can consider one or two cases where it’s absolutely necessary, but it should not be seen as rewarding political masters in order for them to support you," he said in a press conference after chairing the 2022 National Action Council on Cost of Living Special Meeting in Putrajaya.
On when the Cabinet line-up would be announced, he said it would be in the next few days as he is currently in discussion with coalition members including the main parties in Pakatan Harapan namely PKR, DAP and Amanah and Upko.
"I had a very good meeting with Sarawak Premier Abang Johari Openg (Gabungan Parti Sarawak chairman) yesterday.
"Then I’ve got to speak with Barisan Nasional representatives, they have working committees also to give some recommendations," he said, adding that he would be meeting Sabah Chief Minister and Gabungan Rakyat Sabah chairman Hajiji Noor later that evening.
Anwar, at a press conference on his first day in office on Nov 25, said the Cabinet size would be reduced. He also said he was seeking the agreement of members who will be appointed to reduce their salaries.