Updated 2:17pm, 8 April 2009
PUTRAJAYA, 8 April 2009: As the people eagerly await the announcement on the new cabinet line-up, which was rumoured would be made today, more Barisan Nasional (BN) component leaders were seen calling at the prime minister’s office here.
The first leader seen leaving the office at Bangunan Perdana Putra at 11.35am was Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu Sarawak (PBB) president Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
He told reporters that he had submitted the list of potential ministers from Sarawak to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for his consideration.
“The list is the same as the one submitted to former prime minister (Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi),” he said, adding that he also gave his views to the new prime minister.
“Maybe there’ll be a good surprise for Sabah and Sarawak,” the Sarawak chief minister said.
MIC president Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu said he had also submitted the MIC’s list to Najib.
He said he was leaving it to Najib whether or not to increase the number of MIC representatives in the new cabinet line-up.
There are now 32 cabinet ministers for 27 ministries with nearly two-thirds of the appointments from Umno, the biggest component in the 13-party BN.
Four of the ministers are from MCA, and one each from MIC, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB), Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sarawak (SUPP) and the United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko).
Another leader who met Najib today was SUPP president Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam who told reporters that he was happy with the meeting. — Bernama