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Monday, January 30, 2023

Zahid appointed Deputy PM? Experts say it’s necessary

NewsZahid appointed Deputy PM? Experts say it's necessary

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has just announce his cabinet line-up yesterday (2 December), but it appears that there was a mixed reaction among Malaysians to his appointment of UMNO president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as a deputy prime minister.

However, according to political experts, Zahid’s appointment was a necessary and strategic move by Anwar to stabilise his administration.

Speaking to Malay Mail, Senior fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs Oh Ei Sun said that although it was an unpopular move, this would give UMNO the motivation to keep supporting Anwar.

“In the short run yes, as that would prevent UMNO from defecting. Anwar’s priority now is for his government’s survival.”

“So, appointing Zahid as DPM hopefully can prolong it the survival of the government,” Oh was quoted as saying.

Source: Facebook

Earlier, several civil society groups urged the Prime Minister not to include politicians with ongoing criminal cases in his Cabinet, which included Ahmad Zahid who is on trial over 47 charges of abuse, corruption, and money laundering.

Nonetheless, Oh said that the government’s survival would have to come first before Anwar insists on his ‘no corruption’ stance.

“Credibility is medium to long-term characteristic; survival is a short-term priority. Wait until those court cases go to court,” he said, adding that the national unity government was just clinging on day by day.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Support from component parties is essential

Meanwhile, Senior Fellow at Nusantara Academy for Strategic Research Azmi Hassan echoed Oh’s view and said that Ahmad Zahid and Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof as DPMs were necessary concessions to BN and GPS for their support.

“The only factor why Zahid or Fadillah was chosen (as DPM) is because of political factors and to stabilise the government in the peninsula next, after Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional is the most influential in terms of number of MPs.”

“The second DPM post, as expected, is given to GPS. It’s just that the political factor to show that Putrajaya is concerned about the development of Borneo,” Azmi said.

Commenting on the corruption cases Zahid is facing, Azmi said that Anwar should consider practicing the concept of ‘all are innocent until proven guilty’.

“The concept of innocent until proven guilty is in line with our country’s laws and the Federal Constitution,” he added.

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