The man who could be the next PM…
This was in 2005 but who has forgotten?
17 April 2017
Hishammuddin’s steps to power
The new minister with special functions occupies an unusual but maybe pivotal role.
The appointment of Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein to the position of minister with special functions is one of the more curious political moves in recent memory. The buzz is that Prime Minister Najib Razak needs his first cousin as his right hand man. So one must wonder what must be running through the head of current DPM Zahid Hamidi, especially so close to a general election.
Zahid’s ambition has been noted by several quarters, with some critics believing that he veers too far to the right for the comfort of the public. Nonetheless, the DPM is a valuable asset to the Najib administration, but Hishammuddin’s sudden ascent has thrown the succession plan into disarray.
Hishammuddin certainly has a much better reputation with moderates than Zahid, and perhaps can be seen as something of a peace offering to those spooked by the new religious fundamentalist and ethno nationalist approach of Umno.
Unlike his cousin’s other lieutenants, Hishammuddin has kept a low public profile. While he is not looked to for an opinion like Khairy Jamaluddin is whenever a crisis erupts, he is seen as a quiet problem solver, brokering important defence deals in the Middle East and working with China on defence interests.
Overall, he is seen as better spoken and more temperate a candidate for leader than Zahid, but memories may be long when it comes to perceptions of a politician’s character. People still remember his belligerance as Umno Youth chief. He brandished a keris during his speech at the Umno general assembly of 2005. He might have to do a little work to shake off that memory if he is truly positioned to take over as Deputy Prime Minister.
Nonetheless, Hishammuddin’s presence may yet prove to be appealing to the more cosmopolitan of the right wing and an acceptable compromise for the moderates and the left. Such an appeal is something that BN probably feels it needs in facing GE14.
16 April 2017
MCA President is happy with Hishammuddin Hussein’s appointment as minister with special functions in the Prime Minister’s Department.
Liow: He has vast experience and proven capabilities
KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 — He is a man of vast experience with proven capabilities and who has helped the government and country.
Such were the accolades heaped on Defence Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein following his appointment as minister with special functions in the Prime Minister’s Department.
“Hishammuddin has also done a lot in terms of bringing in foreign investments, which include Saudi Arabian oil company Saudi Aramco investing US$7 billion (RM30.8 billion) in the Petronas Refinery and Petrochemicals Integrated Development (RAPID) within the Pengerang Integrated Complex project in Johor,” Transport Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said in supporting the prime minister’s announcement on the appointment.
He added he believes Hishammuddin’s new portfolio would allow him to help the government address many other matters, hence the reason he was confident the new portfolio suited Hishammuddin, and he did not see why there should be any speculation.
Najib’s move to elevate Hishammuddin’s stature is reminiscent of 2015, when the prime minister axed his then deputy Muhyiddin Yassin and replaced him with Zahid.
According to MyKMU.net, the biggest question, in the minds of political observers is whether Hishammuddin was brought into the Prime Minister’s Department to strengthen Najib, or if the move was part of a transition of power plan.
13 April 2017
Ahmad Zahid will never be the prime minister, says Zam
The post of deputy prime minister is all Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is meant to be, claims former Umno minister Zainudin Maidin, following the appointment of Hishammuddin Hussein as a special functions minister.
“This appointment confirms that the future of the country is in the hands of Hishammuddin as the prime minister.
“He (Hishammuddin) will be the prime minister of Malaysia and Ahmad Zahid is only suitable to be a deputy prime minister forever,” Zainudin, the former editor-in-chief of Utusan Malaysia who is widely known as Zam, said in a blog posting last night.
Barisan Nasional Youth chairman Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein has acknowledged that the Keris waving incidents were one of the causes of BN’s loss in the March general election. He said this after chairing the Barisan Nasional Youth meeting Friday.
The end of the road for the keris
FULL SPEECH Outgoing Umno Youth chief Hishammuddin Hussein today said that the controversial keris ceremony would be discontinued after this year’s meeting.