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Reezal Merican: PM’s prerogative to appoint Cabinet minister

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Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob is a consultative person, especially on the appointment of a Cabinet minister. – Bernama photo

DENGKIL (May 27): All parties should respect the prerogative of the Prime Minister in appointing a Cabinet minister as enshrined in the Federal Constitution, said Housing and Local government Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican.

He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob is a consultative person, especially on the appointment of a Cabinet minister.

“The appointment and dropping of a minister is the prerogative of the Prime Minister. This is enshrined in Article 43(2)(b) of the Federal Constitution.

“If possible on the question (of Cabinet minister appointment), we should place our trust with the Prime Minister and let him decide.

“We will leave it to him, as he has the wisdom for he was the Prime Minister who succeeded in creating a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which was unprecedented,” he said when asked by reporters about the appointment of a Cabinet minister following the move by Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister, Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin to join Parti Bangsa Malaysia (PBM).

He was speaking to reporters after the presentation of Malaysia Book of Records (MBOR) recognition to LBS Bina Group Berhad (LBS) here today.

Yesterday, the Ampang MP announced joining PBM and she would be meeting Ismail Sabri soon to discuss her resignation as a minister.

Following that, Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was reported as saying that the party would be submitting a new name to the Prime Minister soon for the appointment of a Cabinet member to replace Zuraida who announced quitting the party.

Muhyiddin said the move is taken as Zuraida’s position as Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister was on the party’s quota.

At the ceremony, Reezal Merican witnessed the handing over of the MBOR certificate, which is the Developer Company with the Most Number of Sample Houses in the Sales Gallery for Housing Projects, to LBS Bina Group Berhad.

The MBOR certificate was handed over by MBOR chief operating officer Christopher Wong to LBS Bina Group Berhad executive chairman Tan Sri Lim Hock San. – Bernama