During his interview with Bloomberg, the PM-in-waiting is forced to address this issue again.
COMMENT | Given his financial expertise, his sidelining from the council seems deliberate.
Pressed why Anwar Ibrahim was not part of the council, the minister replies, 'All are involved in the discussion'.
He is referring to a blog posting claiming that Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali is to be made deputy PM soon.
The caucus on reform and governance recommends that it screen all gov't bills to be tabled in Parliament.
'We will not stop until Putrajaya is ours again,' says the acting Umno president.
PM-in-waiting also tells CNN that he has no reason to doubt Dr M's pledge to hand over the reins.
'The priority of Malaysia is not 'Anwar versus Mahathir', which some of you tend to harp on'.
CAMERON POLLS | Times are hard because the BN leaders had stolen 'tens of billions' of ringgit from the rakyat, he says.
COMMENT | He seems to have one face for speaking in Malaysia - and another for speaking when he is abroad...
QUESTION TIME | The Harapan coalition parties must exert their influence to ensure policies reflect the majority view.
He hopes Anwar will be PM as soon as possible to help alleviate the plight of taxi drivers.
UPDATED 8.29PM | She says her Utusan article was not meant to refer to any party or leader.
The PKR president says the time has come for members to close ranks and strengthen discipline.
'Pay heed to what the people want,' adds the DPM.
CAMERON POLLS | The PKR president wants senator Bob Manolan Mohd to clarify his statement immediately.
'Extreme identity politics and polemics contribute to the conditions in which the seductive call to violence festers.'
As for working with Mahathir, he adds: 'I am not a hypocrite, and I will say it was a difficult decision'.
The PKR president says speculations of a rift between him and the premier are inaccurate.
UPDATED 2.18PM | But that does not mean I did not go through the proper channels, he adds.
Observers point out that many in Bersatu were until recently members of Umno.