SHAH ALAM: Tengku Zafrul Aziz has been appointed as Selangor Barisan Nasional’s (BN) new treasurer, replacing Jamal Yunos. The appointment will fuel rumours that he intends to stand for election in Kuala Selangor.
Tengku Zafrul’s appointment was announced by Selangor BN chairman Noh Omar at the coalition’s Selangor convention. Noh said Jamal has been appointed as Selangor BN’s communications chief.
Jamal had previously said he was prepared to make way for Tengku Zafrul to replace him. Tengku Zafrul is rumoured to be eyeing a parliamentary seat at the coming general election, with Kuala Selangor believed to be the likely choice.
Asked by reporters about his appointment, Tengku Zafrul said he was grateful and thanked the coalition for entrusting him with the position.
“I will work together with BN’s leadership and as for the strategy in winning GE15, we will wait for Noh,” he said.
Asked about contesting the Kuala Selangor seat, he said that was up to BN’s leadership. “Candidate or no candidate, what is important is ensuring that we can win in GE15 with BN.”
Tengku Zafrul, who is finance minister, was made a member of the Cabinet after being appointed a senator.
He received a warm welcome when he arrived for the Selangor BN convention’s closing ceremony and dinner in Shah Alam at about 8.15pm and headed straight to the holding room, joining Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and BN secretary-general Hishammuddin Hussein as well as Umno vice-president Mohamad Hasan.
Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki posted a picture on his Facebook page of himself sitting next to Tengku Zafrul.
“While in the past, there were often differences of opinion (between us) especially on the issue of EPF withdrawals and the moratorium, tonight I was seated at the same table as finance minister Tengku Zafrul during the Selangor BN convention closing ceremony,” he said.