‘Shocked to be dropped’ as potential minister, Dr Dzul soldiers on

FORMER health minister and Kuala Selangor MP Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad expressed surprise that he is not listed as a cabinet member in Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s unity government in an exclusive interview with the Sinar Harian portal.

“I am still determined to continue soldiering on for the implementation of health sector reforms,” said Dr Dzulkefly.

The former health minister admitted that he was not upset when he was not chosen to be among the ranks of the country’s leaders.

The portal said he even understood the decision of the Prime Minister, who had walked a tightrope in the formation of his government.

Dr Dzulkefly, who is also the strategy director of the Amanah Negara party (Amanah), hopes that the people will give the unity government time to demonstrate its ability to steer the country forward, in addition to resolving the issue of rising goods and living costs.

He told the portal that he is confident that under his leadership, Anwar is capable of bringing the country on the right track to develop the economy, thus benefiting all parties.

Dr Dzul, as he is commonly called by netizens, shared a link to the Sinar Harian interview on his Twitter page.

“Happy New Year everyone. For whatever it is worth, care to read please. Feel free to read this interview,” he wrote.

Many Malaysians were also surprised that Dr Dzul did not receive a ministerial position. Many referred to his defeat of UMNO heavyweight Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Aziz in the Kuala Selangor general election as ironic, given that the former finance minister managed to get a seat in Anwar’s cabinet instead. — Jan 1, 2023

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