KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) - The swearing in ceremony for ministers and deputy ministers will be held on July 2 at Istana Negara.
Comptroller of the Royal Household of Istana Negara Datuk Wan Ahmad Dahlan Abdul Aziz said the Malaysia's supreme ruler, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V, had received the list of names of ministers and deputy ministers from the Prime Minister's Office on June 20.
"The names of the Cabinet ministers have been approved by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and have been returned to the Prime Minister's Office on June 22, namely, on Friday," he said in a statement on Monday (June 25) night.
He said the statement was issued to refer to the news report published by the Malay Mail Online on Monday with the headline Cabinet List Delay, Dr M Says Ball In Agong's Court.
"Istana Negara requests that all parties do not report any matter which is negative and inaccurate involving Yang di-Pertuan Agong," said Wan Ahmad Dahlan.
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said the rest of the ministerial list has been finalised and they would be sworn in later.
Previously, 13 Cabinet ministers have been sworn in.
"There will be a total of 28 ministers, two each from Sabah and Sarawak. Deputy ministers are also included, along with names for senators who might be appointed as well," a source told Malaysiakini last week.
Together with Tun Dr Mahathir, the new Cabinet will be 29-strong.
This compares with the 35 full ministers in the last Cabinet of Datuk Seri Najib Razak's administration.