KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad stated on Wednesday (Nov 20) he would take into account a Cupboard reshuffle to deal with rising public discontent over his younger authorities’s dealing with of the nation, days after a stinging by-election loss.
His Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition suffered its worst electoral defeat on Saturday since coming to energy final Might when the opposition scored a greater than 15,000-vote majority in a by-election for the Tanjung Piai parliamentary seat.
Mahathir stated leaders in his Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) outfit, which contested the by-election beneath the PH banner, felt a Cupboard reshuffle was wanted to deal with public complaints on points resembling excessive dwelling prices and the economic system.
“Because the prime minister, I’m chargeable for a Cupboard reshuffle. I’ve listened to their views, and I’ll take into account their place on having a Cupboard reshuffle,” Mahathir stated at a information convention broadcast on the celebration’s Fb web page.
“However it will not be as we speak or tomorrow, however after we examine and take into account the achievements and skills of our present ministers. After that, then we are going to focus on the potential of having a Cupboard reshuffle.”
Saturday’s loss was the worst of 4 by-election setbacks for the ruling coalition, which has been scuffling with waning public approval over its administration of the nation and economic system previously yr and a half.
Its recognition plunged to 41 per cent in July, nicely beneath the 64 per cent charge recorded when it took over energy, in response to a survey by impartial pollster Merdeka Heart.
Nonetheless, Mahathir stated he may not be eager on shaking up his Cupboard line-up if it finally ends up derailing the insurance policies that his authorities had got down to implement – and particularly if it received in the best way of Malaysia internet hosting subsequent yr’s Asia-Pacific Financial Cooperation (APEC) summit.
“The act of reshuffling itself is just not an answer. It might be an issue, even. There may be nonetheless a number of work to be accomplished,” Mahathir stated. “Subsequent yr we face a giant challenge in that we’re the hosts of the APEC assembly. We will not take this frivolously…We need to put together ourselves as greatest as attainable.”
Violent avenue protest compelled Chile to again out of internet hosting this yr’s APEC summit.
The US and Chilean governments are discussing co-hosting the gathering in the US in January, however Malaysia doesn’t assist the thought.