Former Tanjung Umno Youth Chief Made Penang New DCM1 April 12, 2009Posted by malaysianstory in A New Chapter, Penang.
Tags: Abdul Malik Abul Kassim, Malaysian Story, Penang Deputy Chief Minister 1, UMNO
PKR state assemblyman for Batu Maung, Abdul Malik Abul Kassim, has been named as the new Penang Deputy Chief Minister 1, replacing Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin who is now under investigations by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency for graft.
The party’s state liaison committee meeting chaired by its supreme leader Anwar Ibrahim had unanimously named Abdul Malik for the post left vacant by Fairus since April 8.
Abdul Malik was Umno Tanjung division youth chief before his fallout with Umno and joined PKR after Anwar formed the party following his sacking from Umno and Deputy Prime Minister.
Congratulations to Abdul Malik and the people, especially the Malays in Penang, will watch him closely to see his performance.
We want to see if Abdul Malik is a man of vision and mission. I had the opportunity to speak with him on several occasions before the last general election..
Honestly, I fancy that he too would not be a good leader but I do not want to judge a book by its cover.
Well, what choice does Anwar have as there are only two Malay PKR assemblymen he could choose from to fill up the post. The other being Sungai Bakap state assemblyman Maktar Shafee, considered a novice in politics.
Politically, the Deputy Chief Minister 1 post is allocated for a Malay in PKR, a pact and understanding made by Pakatan-Rakyat before the 12th general election.
Fairus was a total flop, a disgrace and he exited from the state government in humiliation. A corruption case is pending against him and he may be charged this week.
It is no easy task to please the Malays in Penang. Most of them are divided, the mamaks at one corner, the “pure” Penang Malays at another corner and a group of Malays from outside Penang who have settled down in the state at another end.
Let us see if Abdul Malik becomes the scumbag or the “blue-eye” boy of Anwar Ibrahim.