STATEMENT BY PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK
28 July 2015
“This new Cabinet ensures that the Government has the strength and unity to focus on my development plans for Malaysia, and the challenges we currently face.
“Following the democratic mandate given to the Barisan Nasional Government in the 2013 General Election, it is my duty to ensure that the Government delivers on our transformation programme.
“The Cabinet must act as one solid team. I welcome vigorous debate, and accept and tolerate criticism or even dissent. However, this process should take place in Cabinet as part of the decision-making process. Members of the Cabinet should not air their differences in an open forum that can affect public opinion against the Government and Malaysia. It is contrary to the concept of collective responsibility that is the foundation of Cabinet Government.
“The decision to replace Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was very difficult, but leadership is about doing what you think is right. To deliver for Malaysia, I must have a solid and unified team moving in the same direction.
“Nevertheless, I thank Tan Sri Muhyiddin for all his work and dedication to the Government and country, as I do all those ministers who are no longer in the Cabinet.
“Barisan Nasional was founded on the principles of unity. That is the hallmark of this nation – and the recipe for our future success.
“Insha’Allah, I believe that the new Cabinet line-up will drive forward the Government’s ability to deliver on our promises to the people at the last General Election. Nothing is more important than the needs of Malaysia and the people – I will always put their interests above all others.
“I am confident that, in time, this new Cabinet will increase public confidence in the Government and Barisan Nasional ahead of the 14th General Election.”
YAB DATO’ SRI HAJI NAJIB TUN RAZAK
PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA