KUALA LUMPUR: Reshuffling the Cabinet is not an easy task as it takes time and has to be accepted by all parties in the Pakatan Harapan coalition, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.

“Reshuffling is not an easy task because it should not only be accepted by me but also the (four) parties in the coalition,” he told reporters after attending Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia Bhd’s (Bank Rakyat) Integrity Forum 2020 here on Tuesday (Jan 14).

On questions regarding the appointment of a new Education Minister to replace Dr Maszlee Malik who resigned early this month, Dr Mahathir answered, he has yet to decide on the matter.

“I have not decided anything, ” said the Prime Minister, who has been appointed the acting Education Minister, with the appointment, agreed to by the Cabinet during a meeting on Jan 8.

Meanwhile, on the power transition issue between him and PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Dr Mahathir said the matter has to be decided by all the four parties in Pakatan.

“It has to be decided by all the four parties together, whether they want me to go or not to go. As far as I’m concerned, if they want me to go now, I will go now,” he added.

According to reports, several PKR MPs have pushed for a firm date for the power transition, proposing it to happen in May this year.

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