Indonesia agrees to Tajuddin's appointment, says PM

PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman's appointment as ambassador to Indonesia has been agreed upon by both Malaysia and the republic, says the Prime Minister.

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the Pasir Salak MP had received a letter from the Indonesian president.

"We (the government) have agreed to the appointment and Indonesia has also agreed to the appointment," he said on Wednesday (May 18).

Asked about criticisms over Tajuddin's appointment, Ismail Sabri said it was impossible to please everyone.

"Whoever is appointed, there are bound to be those who will not be happy or satisfied.

"But Tajuddin is a seasoned politician and has vast experience.

"Let us wait and see him carrying out his duty as ambassador," he said.

Tajuddin is expected to report for duty later this month.

He will be replacing senior diplomat Datuk Zainal Abidin Bakar who had served as the Malaysian ambassador to Indonesia since 2018.

On Nov 9 last year, Tajuddin was spotted accompanying Ismail Sabri on an official trip to Indonesia, fuelling speculation that he would be appointed to the position.

News of his appointment, however, drew criticism from the Opposition.

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