'I am not irrelevant, I have served the country for four decades,' says Tajuddin


PETALING JAYA: Pasir Salak MP Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman has refused to entertain his critics on his appointment as the ambassador to Indonesia.

Tajuddin said for the time being he was more comfortable in being silent, and would only comment at the right time.

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However, the former Prasarana executive chairman said he had taken to heart certain criticisms and accusations which he said was not fair.

"I do not want to make any statements as many have written so much, partly which is not fair to me.

"They do not know me, but only an old man who has served the government, country and people for more than 45 years since the age of 25.

"However, I am being treated like an irrelevant individual which is why I will be silent now and only speak when the time comes," Utusan quoted him as saying when met at the Terengganu Umno Hari Raya Open House on Friday (May 20).

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Tajuddin's appointment as ambassador to Indonesia was only a speculation for eight months and had attracted negative responses from Opposition MPs.

Seputeh MP Teresa Kok from DAP said Tajuddin had time and again been involved in various controversies and non-professional behaviour, thus questioning his appointment.

Tajuddin said he was expected to leave for Indonesia to begin work on his new portfolio next week.

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"About my mission there, I have a lot on my mind but will not be able to share them now," he said.

Meanwhile, when asked if he would be less vocal in his communication when serving in Indonesia, Tajuddin stressed that was not an important issue as the priority was sincerity and work commitment.

"Why should I be less vocal and in which way, as a fighter, I will never be timid," he added.

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