KUALA LUMPUR (July 3): Ketereh Umno division chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa said there were no discussions about a certain group of leaders in the party supporting vice-president Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to contest the Umno president post.
“We never discussed this. I know that some people are spreading [news of] the line-up, but we never sat down and discussed the line-up and the contest.
“We have very limited time and there is so much work to do,” he told reporters when asked about rumours regarding a flyer listing the new Umno leadership called "Saf Kepimpinan Umno Selepas Pemilihan", which is being shared on social media.
The poster, among others, listed Ismail Sabri as the party president, Annuar as the deputy president, and Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid and Khairy Jamaluddin as vice-presidents.
Annuar told reporters this after the Malaysian Digital Economy Industry awards presentation ceremony held in conjunction with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation silver jubilee celebration on Sunday (July 3).
When asked about Perikatan Nasional chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s request for the deputy prime minister and other Cabinet posts in his meeting with the prime minister, Annuar was of the view that it was not wrong to ask.
However, the communications and multimedia minister said it is up to the prime minister to decide.
"I don't think it's wrong to request but the appointment of the deputy prime minister and ministers is the prerogative of the prime minister," Annuar said.