IPOH (Feb 26): Former Perak menteri besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu today said that he will discuss with Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin over his appointment as the chairman of Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB).
The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) deputy president said he will meet the prime minister in the near future to discuss the matter.
“I was informed that my name will be proposed [for the post] but it (the matter) has yet to be discussed with the prime minister. I am thankful and really feel appreciated.
“Personally, I would like to focus on carrying out work related to politics, especially for Bersatu for the upcoming 15th general election (GE15),” he told reporters after attending the opening of Ipoh Parti Gerakan Malaysia (Gerakan) community service centre at Kampung Simee here.
Ahmad Faizal described the post as a challenging responsibility as KTMB was facing losses following the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I will accept [the post] at the request of the prime minister and for the sake of the people,” he added.
A local news portal reported that the Tambun Member of Parliament (MP) is expected to be appointed as the KTMB chairman, effective next month, replacing Datuk Dr Rameli Musa, whose three-year contract expires at the end of this month.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Faizal said so far, there had been no discussion between Bersatu and Umno on seat allocations for GE15.
He also refuted claims that Bersatu wants to take over many seats as there had been no discussion yet over the matter.
“Each party in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition has the right to voice its interest on which seat it wants to contest,” said Ahmad Faizal, who had been appointed by Bersatu president Muhyiddin to lead negotiations over seat allocations with other PN component parties for GE15.