Mahdzir confident of Hishammuddin's capability in new role


GEORGE TOWN: Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid is confident of Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein’s ability to carry out his role as Minister with Special Functions in the Prime Minister’s Department.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference here, Mahdzir said that there are times when a government needs such a minister and that it is a normal practice.

“When there is a need, a government will do and has to do what is necessary in order to ensure a smooth running government for the people,” he said.

When asked to comment on Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) deputy president Salahudin Ayub’s comment that the appointment was a sign that the Prime Minister would step down soon, Mahdzir said the Opposition, especially those in Pakatan Harapan, will look at everything that the government does as a negative.

Najib had on Wednesday announced the appointment of Hishammuddin as Minister with Special Functions, adding Hishammuddin would also remain as Defence Minister.