Friday, March 27, 2009

Zaid's Remarks Irresponsible And Malicious - Muhyiddin

Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has described as "irresponsible and malicious" the statement by former Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Zaid Ibrahim on the country's leadership transition.

......In KOTA KINABALU, former Chief Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak described the call by Zaid as inappropriate and going against convention.He said that although the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had the discretionary power to appoint the prime minister, it would be based on tradition practiced in the country for so long.

Salleh, who is Kota Belud Umno division chief, said Umno leadership had consented to the leadership transition between Abdullah and Najib."The issue of over Datuk Seri Najib's appointment as the new prime minister should not arise."He will be the Umno president and BN chairman and according to convention, he will be appointed the prime minister," he told Bernama.
Salleh, who is United Sabah Bajau Organisation (USBO) president, also slammed Zaid for playing divisive politics at a time when Umno was facing party elections."It has been the practice among opposition parties to raise issues which they think will attract public attention, with the intention of smearing the good names of government leaders... it's as though the opposition leaders were blameless," he said.-- BERNAMA
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