Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow expressed regret but accepted the decision as PM’s prerogative.
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Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the Penang DAP has seven MPs, but none of them could join the new Cabinet formed yesterday (2 December).
Sin Chew reported that Chow, also Penang’s chief minister, regretted the situation.
Nevertheless, he acknowledged that the appointment of ministers is the Prime Minister’s prerogative.
He said that though DAP did get four ministers, its partner PKR got twice as many ministers despite winning fewer seats, which felt unbalanced.
In the 15th General Election (GE15), PKR won 31 seats, while DAP was the biggest in Pakatan Harapan (PH) with 40 seats.
Regional representation in PM10 Anwar Ibrahim’s cabinet: Heavily skewed to Selangor/KL and Perak, folllowed by Sarawak and Johor. Limited representation of Sabah and Penang, esp given their role in supporting govt. Five states have no ministers at all, esp. Peninsular East Coast. pic.twitter.com/L21gdea65C— Bridget Welsh (@dririshsea) December 3, 2022
Chow made the remark today (3 December) after attending the ground-breaking ceremony for a new school in Batu Kawan, his Parliamentary constituency.
He also opined that if the Cabinet is smaller, the proportion of seats allocated to all ruling parties should also reduce, so there will be a balance.
This is the initial reflection and opinion of the Penang DAP on the formation of the new cabinet.Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow on the latest Cabinet lineup.
Penang DAP is not alone, as Sarawak DAP was also left out of the minister’s post.
Chong explains absence of Sarawak DAP reps in cabinet https://t.co/UK0lxbDvWe— malaysiakini.com (@malaysiakini) December 3, 2022
Focus On Serving The Rakyat
Netizens said DAP should not fret as MPs can still do their job to take care of the rakyat even if they are not appointed ministers.
Jaga Penang baik2..— KB (@kbngeu) December 3, 2022
Dah MP dlm kerajaan, can propose chg..
No need to b cabinet..
Cabinet hanya utk buat kerja..
As MP, pun boleh buat kerja..
Political analyst James Chin said it’s not as bad as it seems because many other positions are still available.
Trouble Brewing? or Shout and forget? Let me remind all- cabinet positions is just the start. There are literally hundreds of other positions to be filled- from GLC to stat boards to Pegawai Tugas-Tugas Khas, etc. But DAP is the largest party … pic.twitter.com/3cmmTA0wbE— James Chin (@jameschin110) December 3, 2022
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim appointed Barisan Nasional (BN) Chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as Deputy Prime Minister I and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Datuk Seri Fadhillah Yusof as Deputy Prime Minister II.
The PH chairman said the Cabinet would consist of 28 ministers in 22 ministries and four portfolios in the Prime Minister’s Department.