Zahid denies Umno eyeing DPM post

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says BN has submitted the names of several BN MPs to new Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today denied that the party is aiming for the post of deputy prime minister.

Zahid, who is also BN chairman, said the coalition had submitted the names of several BN MPs to new Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin for consideration for Cabinet posts.

“However, it is the prime minister’s prerogative to decide who to appoint, based on certain considerations, according to the list provided by Umno and BN,” he told reporters after his graft trial at the High Court here.

Zahid, a former deputy prime minister, is facing 47 charges with 12 of them for criminal breach of trust, eight for corruption and 27 for money laundering, involving millions of ringgit belonging to Yayasan Akalbudi.

Muhyiddin, in his special address as prime minister, “Rayuan Kepada Rakyat Malaysia” (An appeal to Malaysians) on Monday, had pledged to appoint Cabinet members from among individuals who are clean and of integrity and calibre.