PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein denies he is lobbying for the deputy prime minister's post.
The Sembrong MP from Umno was responding to an article in a vernacular newspaper that speculated that he was a possible candidate for the position.
“Referring to Sin Chew Daily’s article that I am one of the candidates for the deputy prime minister's position – which subsequently raised various questions and reactions – I wish to state that I have never worked towards that direction.
“I am thankful to Umno for supporting me to represent the party as a minister in the government, ” he said in a Facebook post on Thursday (Oct 29).
The former Umno vice-president, who was recently appointed as Barisan Nasional treasurer-general, reiterated that the focus of the government and Umno now is not about positions.
“The focus of the government and Umno now are the Parliament meeting, Budget 2021 and managing the Covid-19 crisis” he said, adding that this was in line with recent statements by the Umno president and also the Umno supreme council to heed the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s call for all to stop politicking and unite to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Whatever the stance and decision, it is for the party’s interest – in the past, now and forever, ” he added.
The Perikatan Nasional government led by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin does not have a deputy prime minister in the Cabinet line-up.
The most senior ministers, after Muhyiddin, are Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (International Trade and Industry Minister), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (Defence Minister), Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof (Works Minister) and Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin (Education Minister).
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