PUTRAJAYA: Speculation surrounding Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein’s appointment as Special Functions Minister is “completely unfounded”, said Khairy Jamaluddin (pic).
The Youth and Sports Minister said Hishammuddin’s appointment had received the full support of the Cabinet, including Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“In Umno, we are quite amused by the analysis that people are making out of this. The appointment is rather straightforward, it is to allow him (Hishammuddin) to perform his cross-ministerial and strategic duties. At the same time it receives the full support of everyone, including the Deputy Prime Minister,” he said at a press conference after unveiling the 13 ambassadors for TN50.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced Hishammuddin’s appointment as Special Functions Minister on Wednesday.
This led to speculation over Hishammuddin’s profile within Umno.
Khairy said the appointment was discussed at the Cabinet meeting last Wednesday and all its members showed support for the move.
“All this speculation surrounding the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Umno election … they are completely unfounded. We need a strong leadership team in the party to face the general election, whenever that is,” he said.-thestar