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BN had it easier as Umno was dominant when it ruled the country, says Hisommudin Bakar

KUALA LUMPUR: Various factors have caused the Pakatan Harapan government to delay in naming its Cabinet ministers, said analyst Hisommudin Bakar today.

The Ilham Centre executive director said that the aspects included ethnicity as well as the role played by Sabah and Sarawak

“The problem with Pakatan Harapan is that they have to come to an agreement between all four parties. Moreover the size of the cabinet this time is smaller than what the previous government had.

“It is said that seven more ministers will be decided this week and the cabinet can go up to 25 maximum. Therefore it will take sometime for the new leadership to come up with the complete full list,” he said.

He added that there were several factors that Pakatan need to look before appointing ministers, including calls for a gender-balanced cabinet and other reforms.

“I think, Pakatan might have to look deeper into that aspects. They will also consider the ethnicity aspects and also the sentiment of Sabah and Sarawak,” he explained.

Speaking further, Hisommudin said that the approach taken by Pakatan was different compared to Barisan Nasional, as Umno was the dominant party in the coalition before the 14th general election.

According to Hisommudin, that made it easier for BN to decide on appointing the ministers .

“Although PKR won the most seats, the appointment must be reached through consensus. DAP was close to PKR and PPBM plus Amanah also made wins in good seats. This is where the problem comes as Pakatan is unlike BN. There Umno was dominant so it was far easy to decide,”he added.

Speaking in a special briefing session to Bernama and RTM at his residence recently, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir said to form a full cabinet would take some time as each party would have to discuss with their members on the names.

“Each party in Pakatan was instructed to give three names and their desired ministry for the purpose.

“There will be overlapping of request (of ministry), but the final decision lies on prime minister, who will have thorough checks on candidates as named by their parties and will decide who is going to helm which ministry.

“The prime minister will call party leaders to get more information on their candidates, if there is a need to do so,” he said.

Mahathir has announced three ministerial positions with DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng as the Finance Minister, Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu as Defence Minister and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Muhyiddin Yassin as Home Minister.

PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was named Deputy Prime Minister.

Pakatan defeated BN in the May 9 polls to end BN’s 61-year rule.