Anwar Expected To Announce Cabinet Lineup Today As Meeting With Agong Concludes
The oath-taking ceremony for cabinet members, if announced today, is expected to take place on Saturday, 3 December.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has left the Istana Negara after an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah
The Proton Perdana vehicle carrying the Prime Minister was seen leaving the main gate of the Istana Negara at about 9.15am, after a nearly 50-minute meeting with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, reported Harian Metro.
Anwar's meeting with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is believed to be for the presentation of the list of cabinet ministers.
The Prime Minister is then scheduled to travel to Perak to meet the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, at Istana Kinta at 10am.
The newly-minted Prime Minister is expected to name a handful of his cabinet members before 6pm today, 2 December, to enable them to be sworn in before this weekend
"It will just be the deputy prime ministers and 'senior ministers'. One of the deputy prime minister candidates may be (Barisan Nasional chairperson Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad) Zahid (Hamidi)," a source told New Straits Times.
The source added that Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, Zahid's current deputy, could be appointed instead if there was significant opposition to Zahid's nomination due to his court cases.
"The second deputy prime minister's post will be given either to PBB vice-president Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof or another of its members, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri," they said.
PBB is a component party of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
According to the source, UMNO secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan, former health minister Khairy Jamaluddin, and PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar have all been mentioned as candidates for ministerial portfolios
They also said that Mohamad Sabu, president of Parti Amanah Negara, will be given a portfolio, most likely related to rural development.
It is also widely expected that the oath-taking ceremony for those announced today will take place tomorrow, 3 December, as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong will be abroad from 4 December to 7 December.