KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 — Veteran politician Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz has urged newly minted Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to avoid appointing politicians with pending court cases as Cabinet members.
She said such appointments would only bring negative publicity to the current unity government.
She added that there were more credible politicians that Anwar could choose from.
"These people should not be in the government leadership; we have already wasted a lot of time. Now is the time to create a team that is efficient, has credibility and is respected.
"A leader who has the same vision to develop the national community," she was quoted as saying by Malay daily Utusan Malaysia.
Yesterday, Anwar stressed that the appointment of Cabinet members would not be a reward for those who supported the formation of his government.
He also reiterated that the three main component coalitions, namely Pakatan Harapan (PH), Barisan Nasional (BN) and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), would be consulted over the appointments while pledging to stick to his promise to reduce both Cabinet numbers and salaries.
He also said that the new government frontline will have to abide by anti-corruption commitments and prioritise national economic development.