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Wan Azizah: Getting down to business
Stephanie Jacob | 08 Jun 2018 00:30
We have come so far and now we want to achieve more. Hopefully we can,” says newly minted Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

It has been just about a month since the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition stormed to a surprise win at the 14th General Election on May 9, unseating Barisan Nasional which had held power for 61 uninterrupted years.

For Wan Azizah, it was a culmination of what started almost 20 years ago when she took up her husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s mantle after he was sacked from the DPM post by the same man who is now her boss, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Along the way, she has managed to make history as the first female leader of the opposition and now, the first female DPM. Long touted as merely a seat warmer for Anwar, she is keen to leave her mark as DPM and Women, Family and Community Development Minister.

“When I took the oath, I was not saying that I will be a seat warmer. I took the oath as deputy prime minister. It is important that I deliver or else try my level best because I want to contribute to the betterment of our country,” she says.


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