In a sudden U-turn, Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali declined his appointment as an Umno Supreme Council member.
In a series of text messages last night, the former Attorney-General (A-G) said that after careful consideration and much thought he made the decision in order to alleviate negative narratives and perceptions linked to his appointment.
“The proper word should be inappropriate. I confirm declining the appointment…after thinking in depth about it.
“What’s on my mind is that the appointment will be filled with many negative perceptions that may be associated with any of my actions and decisions during my tenure as a judge and an attorney-general,” he said.
Mohamed Apandi was one of the 11 appointed supreme council members announced yesterday by Umno President Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for the 2018-2021 session.
Others on the list of appointed supreme council members include former foreign minister Anifah Aman, former agriculture deputy minister Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, and former women’s deputy minister Azizah Mohd Dun.
As for other office bearers, Ketereh MP Annuar Musa was appointed to the secretary-general’s post, replacing Putrajaya MP Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, who was appointed as treasurer-general.
Shamsul Anuar Nasarah was appointed as the information chief and Mohd Sumali Reduan as executive chief.
Earlier, Kedah Umno Youth had criticised Zahid’s choice of appointees to the party supreme council.
State Umno Youth chief Shaiful Hazizy Zainol Abidin said this was not an Umno team that was “committed to the transformation agenda” and will drag Umno down further in the public eye.
“It’s quite clear Umno is still enamoured with old political strategies and models. Those who failed to help the party in the 14th general election are still defended.
“The strategy to appoint the former attorney-general (Mohamed Apandi Ali) to the supreme council appears desperate and done without consideration. The public knows his role in previous scandals.
“Appointing this individual is not only a political mistake, but also shows severe weakness in the party with regards to creating internal talent to compete with the government,” Shaiful Hazizy said in a statement.
As attorney-general, Apandi had cleared former premier Najib Abdul Razak of any wrongdoing in the 1MDB and SRC International scandals.
Shaiful also claimed there was an element of “revenge politics” in the new lineup.
It is unclear what he meant.