According to a source quoted by Free Malaysia Today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s Cabinet will consist of 25 members.
The premier’s initial press conference hinted at the appointment of two deputy prime ministers. According to a source close to Free Malaysia Today, the deputy prime ministers will represent Barisan Nasional (BN), particularly UMNO, and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
Meanwhile, the PKR, UMNO, DAP, and GPS are expected to take the majority of cabinet slots. Warisan, Amanah, and UPKO are also anticipated to serve in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman’s Cabinet.
If the information is correct, Anwar’s Cabinet is around 65% smaller than Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s Cabinet and 55% smaller than the Cabinet of the previous PH administration.
Anwar is expected to present his Cabinet by Friday, December 2nd.
According to Berita Harian, the new Cabinet members will be sworn in before the weekend.
It is also expected that the new government will be formed before the departure of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on Saturday, 3 December.
Speculations that the new Cabinet list has already been presented to His Majesty arose after photos of a meeting between the premier and His Majesty were posted on the Istana Negara Facebook page yesterday, November 29.
This was followed by a meeting of the Council of Rulers yesterday and today, November 30th. The Malay kings were escorted at the meeting by their respective Menteri Besars, while the Yang di-Pertua Negeri was accompanied by the Chief Ministers.