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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Umno should not pressure Muhyiddin on DPM post - Zahid

 


Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has asked his party leaders and members not to pressure Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to reinstate the deputy prime minister post and give it to Umno.

Zahid said appointments for the positions of deputy prime minister, minister, and deputy minister are the absolute prerogative of the prime minister.

"As such, there should not be any open speculation, interpretation, or analysis on the post of deputy prime minister although it must be admitted that this matter has been discussed at party meetings. The appointment is the prerogative of the prime minister.

"Any parties can request but let's not pressure because we have to respect the power accorded to the prime minister,” said Zahid, who is Bagan Datuk MP. He made the comments when joining local residents for breakfast at Warung Kopi Atan Deris at the Hutan Melintang jetty in Bagan Datuk, Perak, today.

Meanwhile, Umno vice-president Ismail Sabri Yaakob, in an exclusive interview with a local Malay daily, said the issue of Umno asking for the deputy prime minister post would be raised after the debate on Budget 2021 in the Dewan Rakyat has been completed.

Ismail said apart from the senior minister post held by him, Umno had not been given other senior portfolios despite having the largest bloc of MPs in the Perikatan Nasional government.

Bernama

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