PETALING JAYA – Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) will not give its blessing for Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said to be appointed as the Speaker of Dewan Rakyat and insisted that their only candidate is Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun.
A leader from Bersatu who is also a Cabinet minister told Sinchew Daily that the party does not have any alternative candidate and will continue to nominate Azhar.
However, he said that the unilateral decision should not exist in the new government.
“Discussion must be held with all parties and no decision should be made unilaterally,” he said when asked to comment on a report that UMNO intended to nominate Azalina as the Speaker of Dewan Rakyat after the Pengerang Member of Parliament (MP) was not appointed as a minister.
According to another report by a news portal, UMNO wants the post of the Dewan Rakyat Speaker to be given to its party as they think that Azhar is a ‘Bersatu man’.
If UMNO is to nominate someone from its party, Azalina would be the fittest candidate for the post. –MalaysiaGazette