On a question whether there was any effort by the government to listen to the public's demands on his administration, Dr Mahathir said the public was also divided into two groups.

"Some are very supportive. Those who are supportive, are not very vocal. Those who are not happy, speak out a lot. 

"We have to make an assessment on who we should follow. Those who are against, or those who want the reshuffle or those who don't, all must be taken into consideration," he said.

Commenting on the meeting with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on Friday before the weekly Cabinet meeting, Dr Mahathir said he explained to His Majesty on the problems faced by the government.

"I explained to the King the problem we face...that we are not completely free to do everything we like. 

"We have to be advised by the wishes of the people, sentiment of the people. We are a government of five parties, not so easy to change government," he said.