05 May 2018
A Malaysian official said Saturday the ruling party has sacked two powerful former ministers after they openly supported the opposition in the run-up to next week’s national election.
Former Trade Minister Rafidah Aziz and ex-Finance Minister Daim Zainuddin have been dropped from the United Malays National Organization after they attended an opposition rally on Friday, said the party’s secretary-general, Federal Territories Minister Adnan Mansor. UMNO is the linchpin of the ruling coalition.
Adnan said former Information Minister Rais Yatim is also being investigated over criticism he posted on social media.
Analysts say the three veteran politicians’ support of the opposition added weight to former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s bid to unseat the country’s long-ruling coalition in May 9 polls.
Rashaad Ali, research analyst with S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said criticism by the former ministers against the government could win over some voters who were unhappy with the government but not convinced about voting for opposition.
“These ex ministers coming out could lend legitimacy to Mahathir and could have an impact on some fence-sitters,” he said.
IDSS / Online
Last updated on 10/05/2018