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The Cabinet has decided that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will helm the Education Ministry portfolio “temporarily”
In a statement posted on Dr Mahathir’s official Twitter account earlier today, 10 January, it was announced that he will serve as the acting Education Minister.
“The decision will take effect on 3 January 2020 and Dr Mahathir will assume the position until a new education minister is appointed,” the statement read.
The decision was made during a weekly meeting on Wednesday
According to the statement, the Cabinet agreed on the decision on 8 January.
Jemaah Menteri pada 8hb Januari telah bersetuju agar jawatan tersebut dipangku sementara oleh YAB PM Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad. Keputusan ini berkuatkuasa pada 3hb Januari 2020 dan Dr Mahathir akan memangku jawatan tersebut sehingga Menteri Pendidikan yang baharu dilantik. pic.twitter.com/Ws3A0lsekn
— Dr Mahathir Mohamad (@chedetofficial) January 10, 2020
Back on 18 May 2018, Dr Mahathir had said, “I cannot break (the Pakatan Harapan manifesto pledge) at the moment. Unless, of course, there is a demand that I take up the Education portfolio.”
According to the Pakatan Harapan manifesto, the Prime Minister “will not hold other ministerial posts, especially the post of Minister of Finance”.
The post of Education Minister has been vacant since Dr Maszlee was asked to step down from the post by Dr Mahathir on 2 January:
An overview of the initiatives Dr Maszlee enforced during his time:
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