Zuraida, who is also PBM’s president-designate, had previously said that she is ready to relinquish her post after leaving Bersatu.
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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today said that he will set up a meeting with the Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin to discuss her Cabinet post.
Ismail said that the meeting may be held before or after next week’s Cabinet meeting, which was usually held every Wednesday, while also reiterating that Zuraida is still part of his Cabinet line-up.
“Yesterday, she attended the Cabinet meeting as usual. She will continue to assume the post until she resigns or is relieved from her duties,” Ismail was quoted by Utusan Malaysia.
Ismail also said that he will only meet Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin after his meeting with Zuraida.
Zuraida, who is also the Ampang MP, had on 26 May announced that she is leaving Bersatu for Parti Bangsa Malaysia (PBM) while she was on a working trip in Turkiye.
In the same statement, she also expressed her willingness to relinquish the Cabinet post that she held.
Following her announcement, Muhyiddin said that he will be proposing a new name to replace Zuraida, insisting that the Plantation Industries and Commodities minister post belongs to Bersatu, which is also part of the current ruling government.
However, upon her return to Malaysia, Zuraida said that only the prime minister can decide on her minister’s post.
Upon her acceptance into PBM on 10 June, Zuraida was named as the party’s president-designate and was tasked to lead the party’s discussion with other political parties in preparation to face the upcoming general-election.