Rumours abound about next DPM, general election

  • Nation
  • Monday, 03 Nov 2003

DATUK Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's speech on his first day as Prime Minister dominated coverage in the Malay newspapers. 

However, the rumour mills have moved into motion on who the new Deputy Prime Minister will be and when the general election will be held. 

Mingguan Malaysia veteran columnist Awang Selamat wrote that these were the two questions occupying the minds of most Malaysians. 

“On the appointment of new Deputy Prime Minister, Awang is confident Abdullah has already made up his mind. When he will announce it, is his prerogative. There is no need for anyone to pressure him on this,” he said. 

Awang said people should not assume that there would be a problem on the appointment of the new Deputy Prime Minister. 

“Furthermore, the three Umno vice-presidents have given their word to back whoever Abdullah appoints. There is no reason for them to go back on their words,” he said, adding that he thought the announcement would be made in December at the latest. 

On the general election, Awang said many people felt it would be held early next year. 

“Awang thinks it is better to hold it this year, in December. The euphoria that is currently enveloping the country is good for an election. Why wait?” he asked. 

Berita Minggu carried a story that the Attorney-General would challenge the legitimacy of the Terengganu Syariah Criminal Offence Enactment (Hudud and Qisas) at the Federal Court today. 

The Attorney-General's Chambers' Civil Department chief Datuk Azhar Mohamed said the Federal Government would initiate proceedings involving the case between Kota Baru Umno chief Datuk Zaid Ibrahim and the Terengganu state government. 

“The Terengganu government has overstepped its authority in gazetting the enactment, when criminal offences like murder and theft are matters under the purview of the Federal Government,” he said.  

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