PUTRAJAYA - Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has fired another salvo at ministers who have lost faith in their leaders, on the back of speculation that several ministers are ready to quit their positions.
The Home Minister said anyone who had "lost faith" in the Prime Minister should resign and not wait to be sacked. The power to appoint or sack Cabinet members belongs absolutely to the Prime Minister," he said.
"As members of the Cabinet, it is compulsory for us to agree with the PM in every decision he makes. If there are ministers who have lost faith in the PM, or are questioning his decisions, more so if they have made open statements, the honourable thing to do is to step down.
"I do not think they should wait for the PM to sack them," Dr Ahmad Zahid said after his ministry's monthly assembly here.
A vernacular daily reported that three ministers walked out of a Cabinet meeting this week over a disagreement. All three were quick to deny this.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin on Twitter, wrote: "I left early because I had to catch a flight to Cambodia", adding "nice try".
Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal rubbished the rumours, saying he had sat through the entire meeting.
"That's nonsense. We were there until the end. After that I rushed to my function. In fact, I was a little bit late for my event," he said.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek posted a photograph on Twitter with the remark: "Is this a new way of selling newspapers, creating sensational stories that are not true?"
Even Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was not spared.
After attending the UEM Group English Literacy Programme graduation ceremony yesterday, the Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister was relentlessly questioned - from the seventh floor of the Mercu UEM building in Kuala Lumpur right down to his car parked outside.
Muhyiddin only responded with a smile.