PUTRAJAYA: Three Barisan Nasional component party chiefs met with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at his office to present their list of candidates for ministerial posts in the new Cabinet line-up.
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu president Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and Sarawak United People’s Party president Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam met him yesterday morning.
Najib also met Umno deputy president and International Trade and Industry Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Peopleâ€™s Progressive Party president Datuk Dr M. Kayveas in the afternoon.
The first to see Najib was Taib, whose car was seen heading to the Prime Ministerâ€™s Office at 10.45am and leaving about 50 minutes later.
He told reporters waiting outside the gate that he submitted the same list of candidates that he had submitted last year to then prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
When asked if there were any new faces proposed by the party, he replied: “No, they have been holding the posts for only about one year”.
However, the Sarawak Chief Minister said there could be a good surprise for Sabah and Sarawak.
Samy Vellu, who left the Prime Minister’s Office after a 20-minute meeting, refused to divulge if there were any new faces proposed by the party or how many names were submitted.
Asked if the party was asking for more full minister posts, he said the MIC currently had only one full minister and would leave it to Najib to decide if there was a need to increase the number.
Chan, who was the last to see Najib, said he was happy with his meeting and had submitted “many names”.
“I can say that I have good hopes on the names that were submitted,”he said.
Muhyiddin was seen entering the Prime Minister’s Office at 2.55pm while Kayveas was seen entering about 30 minutes later.
Both managed to elude the large group of press reporters and photographers outside the main gate by using a different exit.
Source : The Star