Domestic trade portfolio to be filled soon, says Anwar

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has hinted that the Domestic Trade and Cost of Living portfolio in the Cabinet will be filled as soon as possible.

Met by reporters after the One Million Al-Quran Waqf Solidarity event here on Friday (Sept 15), he said the post would be filled after several matters were taken into consideration.

"InsyaAllah, we will fill the vacancy. If you have any suggestions, please write to me as soon as possible... (for) me to consider," he said when asked about the vacancy in the portfolio following the death of Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub on July 23.

Salahuddin, 61, passed away at Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Setar, Kedah, following a brain haemorrhage.

The minister's duties have been temporarily assumed by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Sabah, Sarawak Affairs and Special Functions) Datuk Armizan Mohd Ali.

Regarding a suggestion that he explain in Parliament the reasons for Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi being granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA) in the Yayasan Akalbudi graft case, Anwar also said: "InsyaAllah”.

On Thursday (Sept 14), PKR Hassan Abdul Karim suggested that Anwar offer the explanation to put an end to talk on the issue.

Anwar had earlier stressed that he never interfered in the court's decision and that it was the Attorney General who had the full power to decide on matters concerning the prosecution of the case. – Bernama

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