Ahmad Faizal: I'll take up KTMB chairman's post if PM requests it


IPOH: Former Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu (pic) says he will accept the Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) chairman's post at the request of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Ahmad Faizal, who is also Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) deputy president, said he has yet to be formally notified of the appointment and only learned about it through a report.

"I heard there was such a discussion during a Cabinet meeting but I have yet to have an opportunity to discuss it with the Prime Minister.

"I am thankful and really feel appreciated," he told reporters after the launch of Gerakan's Ipoh community and service centre on Friday (feb 26).

"Personally, I would like to focus on political work, which is more my forte, and to prepare Bersatu for the next general election.

"But if it is requested by the Prime Minister, if it is something that I should do for the people, then I will accept it," he said, adding that the post would be a good challenge for him.

It was reported that the Tambun MP and Chenderiang assemblyman is expected to be appointed KTMB chairman.

Separately, Ahmad Faizal said there was no truth that Bersatu was demanding a majority of the seats it contested in the last general election.

"I have been tasked by Muhyiddin to lead a team to discuss seat allocations with other parties.

"So far, discussions with Umno have yet to start so it's not true that we are demanding the majority of the seats," he said, adding that he hoped the parties could find common ground on which to hold discussions.

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