Tajuddin Jumps into a Four-Man VP Race, Won’t Be a Yes Man

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Supreme Council member Tajuddin Abdul Rahman says he will not be a yes man, complains that his criticisms about 1MDB went unheard and claims he has no problem with Thomas as A-G.

Announcing his candidacy yesterday, Tajuddin said he did not want to be a yes-man or apple-polisher and said his complaints to the Supreme Council about the 1MDB scandal had gone unanswered.

The other three in the contest are Umno Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin, Perlis Umno leader Shahidan Kassim and former minister Mahdzir Khalid.

Umno is holding its elections on June 30, the first in almost three years, with contests open for all positions.

Tajuddin said he had brought up many issues to the party leadership that outsiders did not know about, including the 1MDB issue, political donations, and the financial resources that had to be given to the grassroots. “All I’ve brought up, but unfortunately I’m just a small fry”, he said.

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He said the Umno leadership must be truly committed and mistakes of the past must be avoided.

The Pasir Salak MP also sees no impediment in the Pakatan Harapan government’s choice of non-Muslim senior lawyer Tommy Thomas to be the next Attorney-General (A-G).

Speaking at a news conference at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur yesterday evening, Tajuddin only said the appointment must follow the Federal Constitution, amid controversy over Thomas’ nomination as the first non-Malay and non-Muslim to the government’s top legal adviser post.

“I believe the party does not have a problem with the appointment as long as the A-G is someone who can conduct his duties well and will not be the prime minister’s ‘yes man’,” he said.