Ali Rustam set to be Senator

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  • Monday, 26 Aug 2013

Ali Rustam

PETALING JAYA: Former Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam is set to be made a Senator that will give him a passage to move into the federal level.

He is also expected to take over the helm of Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Bhd tomorrow. 

His nomination to the Senate has also sparked speculation that Mohd Ali would be made a Minister or a special adviser in the Prime Minister's Department.

Mohd Ali has declined to confirm the Senate nomination.

When The Star Online asked him if he had received the letter of nomination, Mohd Ali said: "Check with the office of the Malacca Chief Minister.”

However, a senior Malacca leader said that the state government has agreed to offer Mohd Ali a senatorship.

"Mohd Ali has worked hard to develop Malacca. He put the state on the world tourism map.

"Besides that, he also has experience as an administrator and served as deputy minister in the transport and health ministries," added the senior state leader.

According to a Malacca Umno leader, Mohd Ali has received the letter informing him about the nomination to the Senate.  

He said that if Mohd Ali, an Umno supreme council member, was made a minister, it would be the first time after 20 years a politician from Malacca was in the Cabinet.

After the late Tun Ghafar Baba resigned as Deputy Prime Minister in 1993, the Umno leader said Malacca failed to have a leader represent the state in the Cabinet.

“It has been a long dry season for Malacca at the federal level,” he said.

Mohd Ali, who was Malacca Chief Minister from 1999 to 2013, had intended to move to the federal level when he contested the Bukit Katil parliament seat in the 13th General Election in May but his dream was shattered when he lost the seat to PKR Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin.

Since his defeat, he has been keeping a quiet profile although without specifying it, he hinted during a recent interview that he might contest one of the three vice presidents posts in the coming Umno elections. 

So far, Mohd Ali has officially kept silent on which post he will contest in the Umno polls.

Only Umno vice-presidents Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal have confirmed they will defend their post.

Last week, former Negeri Sembilan chief minister Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad who is now Felda Global Ventures chairman announced his intention to contest for vice presidency.
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