“Do we value bilateral ties?”: Netizens ask following rumours of Nazri becoming US envoy

RECENTLY, it was speculated that Padang Rengas MP Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz is in the run to become the next Malaysian ambassador to the US.  

It came about after it was reported that the plan to make him the Malaysian ambassador to Switzerland failed. It was claimed that the Swiss Government does not allow a sitting MP to hold such position.  

While Nazri had downplayed the rumour, several netizens questioned the Government’s rationale in appointing controversial leaders to such critical posts.  

Leading the criticism over the Government’s speculated move was Southeast Asia political analyst Bridget Welsh.  

Echoing Welsh’s sentiments, user Darius added:

Netizen Julian Putra retorted:

Previously, Putrajaya has agreed to appoint Pasir Salak MP Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman to become the Malaysian ambassador to Indonesia.  

The controversial UMNO leader was supposed to start his duties soon and is waiting for Istana Negara to provide him the official appointment letter.  

PM lacks courage  

Both Nazri and Tajuddin are firm supporters of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The former had also earlier announced that he would not defend his MP seat in the next polls.  

On that note, user Azman Rahman opined that UMNO leaders probably valued the deal made with each other more than bilateral ties with other countries.  

Netizen Juzar Mustan remarked: “One of many reasons why PM @IsmailSabri60 fails to garner respect from many Malaysians.  

“He has the power to make change, move us forward, make us better; but lacks conviction and vision.” – June 21, 2022


Main photo credit: Berita Harian

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