SHAH ALAM: Tanah Merah MP Datuk Seri Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz has been named as the shadow Defence Minister by Perikatan Nasional (PN) yesterday. Ikmal was the deputy defence minister in both the Muhyiddin Yassin and Ismail Sabri governments. The Bersatu party man served as deputies to both Ismail and DS Hishammuddin Hussein.
According to PN chairman TS Muhyiddin Yassin the 26-MP committee is led by opposition leader, DS Hamzah Zainuddin. Muhyiddin is the ‘head’ or prime minister of this structure.
Pas president TS Abdul Hadi Awang was named as deputy prime minister with the Hamzah as the parliamentary leader.
Others in the committee include Putrajaya MP Dr Radzi Jidin (Finance), Kota Baru MP DS Takiyuddin Hassan as Home Minister, Arau MP DS Shahidan Kassim (Rural Development and Territory Ministry).and Indera Mahkota MP DS Saifuddin Abdullah (Education and Higher Education).
Muhyiddin said the 26 MPs chosen for the respective portfolios had the necessary skills and experienced required,and would ensure that PN can become an effective Opposition in Parliament.
The former prime minister also said PN will continue to push its “Wawasan Kemakmuran Bersama” (Shared Prosperity Vision) agenda that he had come up with when he led the government in March 2020.
He said the core vision of the shared prosperity agenda went beyond the issue of race and religion and looked at the distribution of the nation’s wealth.
“Today we return home to the policy and core of the country’s development in the future,” he said. Muhyiddin said PN would issue policy statements on both local and international matters, and these will be on things like the economy, defence, and security. These issues will also be presented in Parliament so that people will understand them better.
“PN has also established an expert research team to help our MPs increase their knowledge and expertise in their respective fields,” he added.
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It is likely that Ikmal will be working with Ketereh MP Khlir Mohd Nor, who retired from the Army several years back as a Mejar General. His last position was as the Chief of Staff.
— Malaysian Defence