PUTRAJAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The appointment of seven other Cabinet ministers - currently "work in progress" - is expected to be done soon now that all the Pakatan Harapan parties have submitted their list of names.
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia presented its list to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday (May 15).
Confirming this, party president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the decision was still up to Dr Mahathir.
"I have submitted the names but it is up to the Prime Minister to decide.
"I hope the process to set up the Cabinet can be expedited," he said after meeting Dr Mahathir at the Perdana Leadership Foundation office here.
Although Mr Muhyiddin did not disclose how many names were submitted for consideration, Pribumi, which won 13 parliamentary seats in the 14th General Election, already has two representatives in the Cabinet - Dr Mahathir and himself.
Also seen at Dr Mahathir's office were DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, its deputy chairman Gobind Singh as well as party national organising secretary Anthony Loke.
While they declined to talk to the media, it is likely that their meeting was, among others, about Cabinet appointments.
When contacted, Mr Loke declined to reveal the meeting's agenda, saying that it was "a meeting between the Prime Minister and DAP leaders".
After announcing ministers for three key posts on May 12 - Mr Lim as Finance Minister, Mr Muhyiddin as Home Minister and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu as Defence Minister, Dr Mahathir had asked each Pakatan party to recommend three names for the remaining positions for his consideration.
This is on top of PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail's appointment as the Deputy Prime Minister.
The new government will have 10 core ministries - Home, Finance, Defence, Economy, Education, Rural Development, Foreign, Works, Transport and Multimedia and Science.
It was reported that both Dr Wan Azizah and Mr Mohamad Sabu had submitted earlier the list of names from their parties.