Najib to MIC: Cabinet is my prerogative

By Wednesday April 15th, 2009 No Comments

KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak moved today to put down MIC dissatisfaction over its Cabinet representation by saying ministerial appointments were his prerogative.

He said MIC leaders are free to express their views. But he told reporters today that the final decision on cabinet positions was for him to make.

Najib was responding today to reports that MIC was considering pulling out its representatives from government because of unhappiness over appointments.

The move is believed to have been initiated by MIC president Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu.

But the “threat” to pull the party’s one minister and two deputy ministers from the Cabinet in protest against “poor” representation for the Indian community does not have unanimous support among senior party leaders.

Samy said yesterday that the reported dissatisfaction over MIC appointees in the Cabinet would be discussed at the party’s Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Thursday.

He also denied that the party had sought a senatorship for him to be appointed to the Cabinet, saying it was “not my style”.

“We will listen to the views of all the leaders before a decision is made. I will also seek an appointment with the prime minister,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Source : The Malaysian Insider

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