"I will still carry the responsibility while I have it," Naim says over possible cabinet reshuffle

PUTRAJAYA: Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Dr Mohd Na'im Mokhtar today said he was still fulfilling his duty as a cabinet member despite rumours of a possible cabinet reshuffle.

When speaking to reporters after the national-level Maulidur Rasul celebration at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre today, Na'im said he, however, has not heard of any rumours that he would be removed as a cabinet member.

"So far, there is nothing yet (on a possible cabinet reshuffle). However, this position is a responsibility given by Allah, it can come and it can also be taken away.

"Before this responsibility is taken away, we must carry out our duties to the best of our capabilities," he said.

Speculation of a potential cabinet reshuffle of the administration under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim surfaced over a week ago.

The rumours stemmed from the need to appoint a domestic trade and cost of living minister after the death of Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub on July 23.

It was also widely reported that several ministers would be dropped after the Pelangai by-election on Oct 7, where Anwar would not just fill the ministerial vacancy but would "kill two birds with one stone" by replacing several underperforming ministers, according to sources.

It was widely speculated that several secretaries-general would also be transferred.

Yesterday, Anwar said he would ponder over the possible cabinet reshuffle. He had briefly told reporters: "(I'll) Think (about it) first." ).

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