PETALING JAYA - An increase in the size of the Cabinet is inevitable in order to have representatives from all races, says the Deputy Prime Minister.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said a larger Cabinet, following the reshuffle by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, could not be avoided because MCA and Gerakan representatives had to be included.
"Historically, there has always been representation of all races in the Cabinet," he said at a press conference after launching the I-Card for international students.
It was due to MCA's own decision that its representatives were not in the Cabinet after the last general election, he said.
"Based on the concept of power sharing, we can say that it (the Cabinet) is now complete."
Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, hoped this would help further strengthen MCA and Gerakan and enable them to voice out the concerns of the Chinese community.
"We can now make decisions based on the opinions of all the races," he said.
Muhyiddin said the newly-appointed ministers should understand the needs of their community and bring these to the Cabinet "so that no race is excluded from fair treatment".
In Wednesday's reshuffle, MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai was made the Transport Minister while Gerakan president Datuk Mah Siew Kiong and MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong were appointed Ministers in the Prime Minister's Department.
The deputy ministers appointed from the MCA were Datuk Lee Chee Leong (International Trade and Industry), Datuk Chua Tee Yong (Finance) and Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun (Women, Family and Community Development).