New PM yet to be sworn-in, jostle for DPM post begins

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Istana Negara has yet to announce who is to be the country’s next prime minister, but it seems the jostling for the number two post has already begun.

Based on statements from various parties and coalitions, it has been strongly suggested that Umno vice-president Ismail Sabri Yaakob may come out victorious in the race to form a new federal government.

Now, there are rumours flying that there has been an agreement his deputy would come from Bersatu.

Among the names which have been touted for the post include Bersatu secretary-general Hamzah Zainuddin, as well as supreme council members Redzuan Md Yusof and Mohamed Azmin Ali. All three are former ministers in the previous Perikatan Nasional cabinet led by Muhyiddin Yassin.

It was reported that a group claiming to be early members of Bersatu issued a statement today urging that the deputy prime minister post be given to the party.

They said Redzuan, who is the Alor Gajah MP, is fit for the job.

“Ismail Sabri would need to be assisted by a deputy prime minister from Bersatu, who really understands the (party’s) way forward.

“The candidate who we think fits the post is Redzuan, who is a former special functions minister.

“He is also among the early Bersatu leaders who formed the party together with party president Muhyiddin Yassin. Of course, he would be among those who really understand the party’s struggle,” read the statement quoted by Utusan.

Yesterday, the rumours were that an agreement was reached between political parties for Ismail Sabri to be the premier while Hamzah would be his deputy.

Another name that was rumoured to be the deputy prime minister was Azmin, who was formerly with PKR before joining Bersatu following last year’s Sheraton Move political coup, which saw the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan federal government.