Grassroots members eye Cabinet posts for party leaders

Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin waving after his inauguration ceremony on Sunday. Both Umno and Parti Islam SeMalaysia, two major blocs of the coalition government, have openly voiced that Cabinet appointments would be left to Tan Sri Muhy
Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin waving after his inauguration ceremony on Sunday. Both Umno and Parti Islam SeMalaysia, two major blocs of the coalition government, have openly voiced that Cabinet appointments would be left to Tan Sri Muhyiddin's discretion but at the grassroots, an omission of party leaders from the lineup is seen as unacceptable. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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Malaysia's fledgling coalition Perikatan Nasional government is barely two weeks old but its two major blocs, Umno and Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), are facing challenges tempering party members' expectations over Cabinet posts.

Both parties have openly voiced that appointments would be left to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's discretion but at the grassroots, an omission of party leaders from the lineup is seen as unacceptable.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 05, 2020, with the headline Grassroots members eye Cabinet posts for party leaders. Subscribe