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Ismail Sabri To Appoint Azmin Ali As Deputy Prime Minister – Faizal Azumu Will Be Replaced By Sharil Hamdan As The Next Youth & Sports Minister

Malaysia may have a deputy prime minister again under the current administration led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob is expected to appoint a deputy prime minister in a Cabinet reshuffle next week, according to a report.

Utusan Malaysia said the deputy prime minister was expected to come from Bersatu, with Hamzah Zainudin and Azmin Ali among the candidates.

Quoting sources, it reported that the reshuffle might affect two Bersatu ministers – women, family and community development minister Rina Harun and youth and sports minister Ahmad Faizal Azumu.

Citing an unnamed source, Utusan Malaysia today reported Ismail Sabri met his predecessor and Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday to discuss this matter and may make the announcement next week.

“Nothing’s been decided yet, it may be next week after the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. By right Ismail Sabri should have met Muhyiddin today [yesterday] to discuss this matter in particular the minister and deputy ministers in Bersatu,” the source told the Umno-linked newspaper.

“If the post of deputy prime minister is given to Bersatu, Faizal will be dropped,” the source was quoted as saying.

According to Utusan, there are three nominees who are all from Bersatu: Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu, and International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

“However, Muhyiddin is leaning more towards Azmin. When Muhyiddin was prime minister he trusted Azmin to take over as prime minister when he was not around,” the source was quoted saying.

The source said Ahmad Faizal’s chances to become deputy prime minister for Bersatu is still in early negotiation stages.

“Faizal Azumu’s position is still being negotiated because he is the deputy president for Bersatu, meaning he is the second most powerful man in Bersatu after Muhyiddin in the current Cabinet,” the source told Utusan.

If Ahmad Faizal is appointed DPM, then his current post as youth and sports minister will go to Umno information chief Shahril Hamdan.

“This is to even out the number of Umno and Bersatu ministers in Ismail Sabri’s Cabinet,” the source told Utusan.

“Tetapi jika kerusi Timbalan Perdana Menteri diberi kepada Bersatu, Faizal digugurkan,” kata laporan itu.

Source : Malay Mail

Source : FMT

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