KUALA LUMPUR: Former Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia has been appointed as an Umno supreme council member.
With this appointment, he replaces former Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali.
Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa said Pandikar Amin was appointed, after Apandi declined his offer of appointment.
"He informed us (about the decision) and declined the appointment. Apandi has every right to do so and we have appointed another person," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby on Monday (July 16).
Mohamed Apandi was among 11 people appointed by Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to the party's supreme council last Saturday (July 14).
Kedah Umno Youth chief Datuk Shaiful Hazizy criticised the new supreme council line-up, particularly the appointment of Mohamed Apandi.
Shaiful said that the appointment was a "political mistake" and would only drag the party further down.
When asked why Mohamed Apandi had declined the post, Annuar said: "you have to ask him."
On the decision to contest in the Sungai Kandis by election, Annuar said a decision would be made by this week.
"That will be decided this week by our political bureau," he said.
Earlier, Election Commission deputy chairman Tan Sri Othman Mahmood had said that the Sungai Kandis by-election would be held on Aug 4.
Nomination will be on July 21 and the campaign period is 14 days.