KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 14 – Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said it was against convention to reshuffle the cabinet within months of its formation.
He also said that if anyone was dropped at this juncture it meant that they were not performing.
“A cabinet reshuffle usually takes some time. It only happens about one and a half years into its tenure. It does not follow our convention for it to happen in a day or two.
“It can be interpreted that the ministers appointed do not have the calibre or cannot perform their duties as expected,” said Najib at the parliament lobby here today.
He was earlier asked if Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s statement that he was ready to reshuffle the cabinet to cater for victors in the PKR polls meant the “leadership had no confidence in its cabinet”.
Asked if the reshuffle was timed with the PKR polls as a ruse to cover up the cabinet’s lack of performance, Najib said such matters were in the prime minister’s prerogative.
“Well it’s up to the PM and our system, whether he follows party polls or not. But since it’s from the end of May with some appointed later so the time frame is very short. The tenure is very short.
“And if they are dropped at this juncture means they have not been performing,” he added.
Najib, however, refused to state whether he agreed or disagreed with the move, claiming that it only compounded the generally held belief that the cabinet did not measure up.
He also refused to rate the cabinet while stressing that he was with the opposition.
“You can’t expect me to rate them highly. It’s up to the rakyat to rate them. I think that is more important,” he added.