KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 — Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is the new deputy prime minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced today in a press conference held in Putrajaya this afternoon.
Datuk Seri Najib Razak confirmed rumours that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin would be dropped as his deputy.
Rumours spread earlier today that Muhyiddin along with other ministers critical of Putrajaya’s handling of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) would be dropped as part of a Cabinet reshuffle.
“I can accept differences of opinion and criticism as part of the decision-making process. But as Cabinet members, differences of opinion shouldn’t be expressed openly that can affect public perception towards the government,” Najib said during the press conference.
“The decision to replace Muhyiddin was a very difficult one, but I had to do it so a strong team can move forward.”
Muhyiddin had during the weekend urged Najib to satisfactorily explain the 1MDB controversy, claiming that he and other ministers were unaware of the “real facts”.
According to Najib today, Zahid Hamidi will also continue to be home minister.