PETALING JAYA: Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has “offered” not to be appointed to the new Perikatan Nasional Cabinet, led by Muhyiddin Yassin.
“As the chairman of Barisan Nasional and Umno president, I have decided not to offer myself to be selected for any Cabinet post to be announced.
“We pray to Allah to give the prime minister (Muhyiddin) guidance to protect Perikatan Nasional and to make Malaysia a peaceful country,” he said at the opening of the Bagan Datuk Umno division meeting in Hutan Melintang, Perak, today.
Zahid, the division’s chief, is facing multiple corruption charges.
Zahid, who is also Bagan Datuk MP, faces 47 charges of breach of trust involving funds from the Akal Budi Foundation, money laundering and for allegedly receiving bribes from various projects during his tenure as home minister.
Yesterday, Zahid denied Umno was seeking the deputy prime minister’s post as BN, PAS and PPBM started talks on the new Cabinet line-up.
Zahid said he had nominated several BN MPs a few days ago for Muhyiddin to select the most qualified candidates to fill the Cabinet.
Muhyiddin was sworn in as prime minister before the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at Istana Negara on March 1.
Zahid has expressed confidence that Muhyiddin will appoint those who are qualified, competent and capable in the Cabinet. He urged everyone to support whatever decision Muhyiddin made.
“Government positions are very important for the implementation of new policies.”