Prime Minister must be master juggler of talents and skills


KUCHING: The people have been urged not to be too harsh when it comes to criticising Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s choice of Cabinet members.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing said, “The prime minister has been asked to appoint the best and brightest and this is easier said than done.

“We must understand the democratic system that Malaysia adopts.

“He has to pick not necessarily the best or brightest but the most electable.

“Thus, in a democratic country, people of different professions may get elected. They range from businessmen, hawkers, lawyers, farmers, teachers to medical practitioners and others,” he pointed out on Monday (Aug 30).

Masing added each of these people would bring with them their individual skills.

“A prime minister in a democratic government must be a master juggler of talents and skills. Not only that, he must also manage the pushes and pulls of parties in his coalition,” he said.

Masing said that the prime minister must also pick from those that the voters had elected.

“If our voters elect brilliant people, then our prime minister will choose from the pool of brilliant people. 

“Likewise, if our voters elect ‘rubbish’, then our prime minister will choose from the ‘rubbish’. It is the government we chose,” said the deputy chief minister.

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