Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has revealed that he declined a place in Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s Cabinet which was unveiled today.
In a Facebook post, Zahid said he made this decision because he wants to focus on Umno’s preparations for the 15th general election.
“We give our undivided support to Muhyiddin Yassin’s leadership as the prime minister heading the newly established government,” he said.
Zahid had said on Saturday that he had ruled himself out of consideration for a Cabinet position. “As the president of Barisan Nasional and Umno, I will not offer myself to be in the new Cabinet,” he had said, adding that he had discussed the matter with Muhyiddin.
He said today that Umno had taken into account voices among the grassroots and Perikatan Nasional’s need to restore the people’s trust deficit in the government caused by Pakatan Harapan’s rule.
Zahid, who is facing trial on 87 charges of corruption and abuse of power, also reiterated his desire to clear his name is court.
“I pray that the court makes the best decision for me. I want the court to make a decision even though this is a political and selective prosecution,” he said.
Previously, a number of Umno leaders had called for Zahid’s inclusion in the Cabinet but the Bagan Datuk MP ruled himself out, citing his ongoing court cases.
Source : FMT
Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has decided not to offer himself for consideration in Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s Cabinet line-up.
“As Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman and Umno President, I have decided to be not considered for any Cabinet position,” he said when officiating meetings of Umno branches in the Bagan Datuk division here today.
Besides this, Ahmad Zahid, who is also Bagan Datuk MP, said Umno and BN had submitted a list of proposed names to the prime minister to be considered for Cabinet positions, according to percentage, ratio and their contribution to the formation of the new government.
“Main priority (in shortlisting the proposed names) is given to those having main positions in the Umno and BN hierarchy I also proposed new faces, young personalities, professionals and technocrats, and also political figures from BN and friends of BN from Sabah and Sarawak.
“Umno and BN have given our trust to the prime minister to make the (Cabinet) appointments. We also trust the prime minister will appoint experienced hands for important portfolios or ministries. I am confident the prime minister will be reasonable in appointing only those who are qualified and of calibre as part of his Cabinet line-up.
Source : Malay Mail