Zahid: Ask Tajuddin Why He Was Dropped

Tajuddin knows the exact reason why he was dropped, Zahid says

It would be improper to reveal why Pasir Salak MP Tajuddin Abdul Rahman was removed as a supreme council member, Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.

Instead, the Bagan Datok MP said it is best for the media to ask Tajuddin directly as the latter should know why he was unceremoniously removed as a supreme council member.

“I think you (the media) have to ask him and I think that’s for the best. It’s unfair for me to tell the public about the reason why (he was removed) because he definitely knows what he has done.

“You have to ask him about the statements that he gave, the speeches, contents of talks, or anything that he spoke of during closed meetings, please ask him,” he told reporters at the launch ceremony of Barisan Nasional (BN) Youth Job Fair 2022 in World Trade Centre (WTC) Friday (24 June).

He also said the Umno supreme council will meet at the party headquarters tonight to discuss recent developments.

Meanwhile, Umno secretary-general Ahmad Maslan said Tajuddin was dropped following the latter’s appointment as Malaysia’s ambassador to Indonesia.

Speaking to reporters at the same event, Ahmad Maslan said that Tajuddin can now focus on his responsibility as ambassador.

“For me, what has been decided by the party is to give way for Tajuddin to focus on his task to be the country’s ambassador to Indonesia.

“Tajuddin was given the opportunity to fully focus on his responsibility as ambassador because the work as the supreme council member going towards the general election also demands full focus.

“So, Tajuddin can’t fully focus on ambassador (duty) while being a supreme council member at the same time because that is going to be hard for him, so we decided to be fair to him because serving the country is always a priority,” said the Pontian MP.

On Thursday (23 June) a letter dated 21 June signed by Ahmad Maslan was circulating via social media on the removal of Tajuddin as the party’s supreme council.

In the letter, Ahmad Maslan expressed the party’s gratitude towards Tajuddin without any explanation why the latter was removed.

Tajuddin was named the ambassador to Indonesia by Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s government but has yet to receive his credentials from Yang diPertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

The decision to make the controversial MP the nation’s ambassador to Indonesia was greeted with criticism by members of Umno, MPs, former diplomats and the general public.

However, Ismail Sabri previously defended the decision by saying that Tajuddin is “a seasoned and experienced politician”.

Tajuddin made headlines for the wrong reasons several times in his political career and was removed in May last year as the non-executive chairman of Prasarana Malaysia Bhd after he joked during a press conference on a LRT crash.

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