Noh Omar: Mahathir’s nomination as PM a blow to Azmin

 |Jan 10, 2018
Tan Sri Noh Omar. – File pic.

PUTRAJAYA: Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) decision to name Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for prime minister indicates the opposition pact has run out of leaders of calibre for the post, says Selangor Umno Liaison Committee chairman Tan Sri Noh Omar.

He said PH’s situation was unlike Umno’s system which was better organised in the selection of leaders.

He also said that PH did not even name Selangor Menteri Besar and PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali as the candidate for prime minister.

At its convention last Sunday, PH had named Mahathir as its candidate for prime minister if it wins the next general election. It also named PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the candidate for deputy prime minister.

“I see no calibre leaders in PKR. After the 2008 general election, the then Pakatan Rakyat appointed Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim as the menteri besar. Azmin was the deputy president but did not get to be the menteri besar.

“What does this mean? It only goes to show that PKR itself does not recognise Azmin’s leadership,” he said.

Noh, who is urban well-being, housing and local government minister, spoke to reporters after the presentation of the Excellent Service Awards 2017 at the ministry here.

Earlier, in his speech, Noh congratulated ministry staff for achieving 99.94% in the 2017 development expenditure for the ministry and for securing second position among the 25 ministries, up from the eighth position in 2016. – Bernama