Ex-diplomat: Tajuddin’s appointment a ‘disaster’

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MP questioned if Tajuddin will step down as Pasir Salak MP.

A former diplomat has described Tajuddin Abdul Rahman’s appointment as Malaysia’s ambassador to Indonesia as a “disaster”, citing the latter’s handling of a collision involving two LRT trains last year.

G25’s Noor Farida Mohd Ariffin said Tajuddin’s description of the collision, which left 47 passengers seriously injured, as two “trains kissing each other” was a reflection of the Pasir Salak MP’s intelligence.

“It’s such a disappointment to our career diplomatic officers who have now been deprived of the opportunity to be promoted to an ambassadorship,” she told FMT.

Noor Farida said it was unwise that the government had appointed someone like Tajuddin who is “so lacking in calibre and diplomatic skills” to the post, especially since Indonesia is an important country to Malaysia and has excellent diplomatic relations with Putrajaya.

The controversial MP was removed from his post as Prasarana chairman last May, just days after his much-criticised press conference following a collision involving two LRT trains.

Meanwhile, Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah questioned if Tajuddin will step down as Pasir Salak MP.

“I feel that he (Tajuddin) needs to explain his decision to his constituents and the nation on whether he will give up his being an MP to take up this post. It is irresponsible,” said Maria.

She said Tajuddin lacked foresight if he did not think about his voters, especially with the government allocation he had received.

Earlier reports:

May 17, MP: PM must explain Tajuddin’s pick to be ambassador to Indonesia

May 17, Tajuddin confirms appoointment as ambassador to Indonesia