Kuala Lumpur – Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad seems to have come out in support of Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi being appointed Deputy Prime Minister in the latest Cabinet reshuffle.
Dr Mahathir today said Ahmad Zahid, a former Umno Youth chief and currently one of the three vice presidents in Umno, was as eligible as anyone else.
“He had the highest votes as the vice president anyway,” he said when asked to comment on the latest Cabinet reshuffle.
Dr Mahathir said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had every right to change the Cabinet’s composition at his discretion.
“We have shuffle the Cabinet all the time, It is the prerogative of the PM. I think the PM thinks this is the better cabinet.”
But Dr Mahathir also made his sentiment clear, in line with the attacks launched against the Najib administration.
“But the public sentiment on the Cabinet reshuffle is obvious when you see the comments on Facebook on the matter.”
Dr Mahathir further sarcastically said it was now seen as being a criminal offence to speak about 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) – the strategic fund which has come under relentless attack by various opposition members and several blogs, that has since come under scrutiny for possible falsification of facts.