SEREMBAN, July 29, 2015:
Establishing and naming the new Cabinet line-up is the sole prerogative of the Prime Minister, said Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.
Likening the new Cabinet line-up to a Menteri Besar who decides who is to be in the state exco government, the Rantau state assemblyman congratulated Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for picking young and new faces.
“Just like me as a Menteri Besar, the members of the state exco is picked by me and we cannot question these decisions. I congratulate Najib and I hope the new Cabinet line-up can work together as a team to assist the Prime Minister,” Mohamad told reporters after chairing the weekly state exco meeting at Wisma Negeri today.
Thanking former Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for his services, Mohamad also welcomed Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who replaces the former.
“He (Muhyiddin) has contributed a lot and we thank him on behalf of the state government for his services.
“I am confident that the new Cabinet line-up will give the needed strength for the federal government and with the new faces, it will give new power and thinking in the Cabinet and I wish them all the best.”
Muhyiddin was present with Mohamad in Seremban yesterday hours before he was stripped off his post to launch an international school.
When asked if there were any rumours on the matter, Mohamad said: “I don’t know.”
Yesterday, Najib announced the new Cabinet line-up which saw Muhyiddin being dropped as the Deputy Prime Minister, losing the post to Ahmad Zahid who took over the post, while maintaining his post as the Home Minister.
Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail was replaced with former Federal Court judge Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali as the Attorney-General as well.