Datuk A Kadir Jasin has confirmed his appointment as the media and communications adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office.
The veteran newsman, who is also a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia supreme council member, said he received the appointment letter on the “special adviser” post in late July but declined to elaborate, Malaysiakini reported on Wednesday.
Kadir had served as head of media and communications of the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) before he resigned from the post in June after coming under fire for his views on the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Kadir said the decision was solely personal in order to avoid further confusion among members of the public regarding his role in the council and his views expressed in his blog and weekly column in the Sinar Harian newspaper.
Kadir was editor-in-chief of the New Straits Times Press in the 1980s and 1990s.
He is widely believed to enjoy close ties with Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.