PUTRAJAYA (Bernama) – The appointment of Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein as the Minister of Special Functions is not to take over the duty of another ministry but to complement and strengthen the leadership institution in the government and party, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yesterday.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, pointed out the responsibility given to Hishammuddin was to continue the serious efforts of the government in tackling the various internal and international issues.
“He (Hishammuddin) can implement and assist the Prime Minister and me in discharging our duties. It does not mean taking over other ministries such as the Foreign Ministry. His duty is to enhance and complement the role of (the) prime minister and other ministers.
“Basically, Hishammuddin will assist (the) prime minister and me in putting serious efforts to translate the Malaysian government’s commitment towards addressing domestic and foreign issues, if there is any,” he told reporters after a courtesy call by Hishammuddin, who is also the Defence Minister, at his office at Perdana Putra, yesterday.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, said he had proposed Hishammuddin’s name as the Minister of Special Functions as announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak recently.
“I made the proposal to the prime minister three months ago and at that time, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin was not present at the meeting. This was a sincere gesture from me personally and formally to Datuk Seri Hishammuddin because the three of us (including Najib) had previously been the Minister of Defence and know that many other tasks need to be done.
“If a solution is needed to resolve several domestic or foreign issues, and there is a possibility that the prime minister or myself are busy, I will ask Hishammuddin to represent the Malaysian government, not to represent us personally to undertake several efforts.