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by mazwin nik anis AND razak ahmad
PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil (pic) has been appointed a special adviser to the Prime Minister to oversee the development of women entrepreneurs and professionals.
It is understood the appointment was effective from Aug 15.
The Wanita Umno chief and former Women, Family and Community Development Minister was tight-lipped when asked to confirm the appointment when met at the wing’s Hari Raya open house at the Putra World Trade Centre yesterday.
In Putrajaya, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said there would be no announcement on the matter yet.
“So, just leave it as it is,” he said after attending the Finance Ministry’s Hari Raya open house.
Sources, however, said Shahrizat had already started work in her new position.
It was not known when the announcement of her appointment would be made.
Shahrizat will be defending the Wanita chief post that she has held since 2009, against former Puteri Umno chief and Pengerang MP Datuk Azalina Othman Said.
A source said Shahrizat, in her new position, would champion some of the main causes which she fought for during her tenure as minister. These include pushing the private sector to ensure that women make up at least 30% of those in decision-making positions, and to further empower women economically.
This would be the second time that Shahrizat was appointed as special adviser to the Prime Minister.
Her first appointment in 2008 was made by then prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi after she lost her Lembah Pantai parliamentary constituency seat in the general election that year.
Shahrizat was appointed a senator, followed by a Cabinet position the following year after she defeated Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz to become Wanita Umno chief.
She stepped down as minister last year after the National Feedlot Corporation controversy erupted and did not contest in the 13th general election in May.
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