KUALA LUMPUR: Three more ministers will be appointed into the Pakatan Harapan Cabinet, making it a total of 29 ministers.
Currently a total of 26 ministers had been appointed, 13 of whom were sworn-in today, before the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V at Istana Negara.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the appointment of the three ministers will see them being sworned-in as Senators in the Dewan Negara, beforehand.
“They have to be appointed as a senators before taking the oath. They cannot be a minister if they don’t take oath as a senator.
“There are 29 ministers, but ministers as of now stand at 26. Another three more will be appointed to the cabinet,” said Dr Mahathir.
The Prime Minister was speaking to reporters after the swearing-in ceremony for 13 ministers and 23 deputy ministers at Istana Negara here today.
On his advice to the newly appointed cabinet ministers, Dr Mahathir said he will meet with all of them and convey his message to them.
“I will meet them and will give a short briefing. Normally, I will call them one by one to discuss on the responsibilities that they will be take,” he said.
On May 10, Dr Mahathir, 92, sworn in as the seventh Prime Minister, a day after Pakatan Harapan won the 14th General-Election.
Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is also the Women, Family and Community Development Minister, took the oath together with 13 other ministers on May 21.
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