PRIME MINISTER Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi should be given time to appoint the next Deputy Prime Minister, Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said.
“He should be allowed to decide in his own time. It should be done at his own convenience,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby yesterday.
On whether the House would be able to adjust to Abdullah’s style of leadership, he said: “Pak Lah has been under the former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s leadership for so many years, so he understands the style and the speed of work, especially in implementing projects. I am sure he will perform equally well.”
Later, asked by reporters, Information Minister Tan Sri Khalil Yaakob said the agenda for the Umno Supreme Council meeting this Thursday had not been set.
Asked if the name of the deputy president would be announced, he said he did not know the agenda as it was being drawn up by the acting president.
Asked why the meeting was being held so soon after Abdullah’s appointment, Khalil, who is also Umno secretary-general, said it was an appropriate time and the acting president should chair it soon.
“This is to enable messages to be passed to party members and to make the necessary preparations,” he said.
Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil described Abdullah's speech as brilliant as it emphasised the importance of women and family issues, and added that it was not a surprise because the new Prime Minister practised what he preached.