ALL THE EXCUSES COME OUT – BUT THE FACT IS MUHYIDDIN HAS ZERO BULLETS – TO RETALIATE IF ISMAIL SABRI, THE ‘TURTLE EGG’ MAN HE PASSED THE PM POST TO, TURNS INGRATE & RETAINS ZURAIDA

Bersatu ‘unlikely to retaliate’ if Ismail retains Zuraida

A political analyst says Ismail Sabri Yaakob is likely to retain Zuraida Kamaruddin in the Cabinet.

PETALING JAYA: Political analysts do not expect Bersatu to pull the rug from under Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s feet if he decides to retain Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin as a Cabinet minister.

Political analyst Azmi Hassan of Akademi Nusantara said Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin was unlikely to retaliate and thus trigger an early general election.

Zuraida, who became a minister while with Bersatu, left the party to join the newly formed Parti Bangsa Malaysia (PBM) last month and was named the “president designate”. She said she hoped to retain her post in the Cabinet.

However, Muhyiddin has said he felt that Zuraida should be replaced, as she was appointed on a Bersatu quota, but is leaving the final decision to the prime minister.

Azmi said he expected Ismail to retain Zuraida in the Cabinet and not entertain calls by Bersatu to have her replaced. “As the 15th general election is coming soon, it makes no sense for Ismail to replace her with a new minister,” he said.

Singapore Institute of International Affairs researcher Oh Ei Sun said Ismail had been placed in a difficult position regarding Zuraida’s post, as Umno would be up in arms if Ismail replaced her with another Bersatu MP.

However, he felt that Zuraida’s party PBM had reason to ask for a Cabinet seat as it has three MPs (Tebrau MP Steven Choong, Julau MP Larry Sng and Zuraida) in the Dewan Rakyat.

They are aligned with the ruling coalition, although PBM is not a member of Barisan Nasional. PBM has expressed interest in being a member but last week, BN chairman Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said no application from PBM had yet been received.

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