KOTA KINABALU: The members of federal Cabinet appointed by the Prime Minister must have a unified voice in coming up with decisions regarding on the government administration and other issues.
Sabah Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Masidi Manjun, said the prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, has full power to drop ministers from their positions if they go against every consensus made in the Cabinet meetings.
“You (minister) is free to present views or opinions during the Cabinet meeting but you will have to adhere to the final decision made by the Prime Minister regarding on the discussed issue,” he said.
Masidi was commenting on the recent federal Cabinet reshuffle announced by the Prime Minister in Putrajaya yesterday, where several senior ministers were dropped including Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Najib also announced the appointment of the Home Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as the new Deputy Prime Minister, and portfolio exchange between ministers and deputy ministers.
Two senior ministers from Sabah, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, who held the portfolio of Minister of Rural and Regional Development, and Datuk Ewon Ebin (Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation) were also dropped.
Masidi said as a Cabinet members, they should respect and appreciate Najib’s contribution as the nation’s Prime Minister and should stop short in criticizing him especially in public forum.
“The country cannot be governed well if there are Cabinet members who are disagreeing and openly criticizing the Prime Minister’s leadership,” he opined.
He also said each Cabinet member have the option either to resign as a sign of protest or to be dropped by the Prime Minister who is responsible in appointing them to their ministerial posts. – SayangSabah