M'sia's Rafidah expresses hurt over cabinet departure
Wed, Mar 19, 2008

KUALA LUMPUR - MALAYSIA'S former trade minister Rafidah Aziz expressed hurt on Wednesday over being dropped from the new post-election cabinet after two decades in the job.

Ms Rafidah said Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had told her of the decision only hours before it was announced, and that she was given no reason for being ousted.

'I wish Pak Lah had told me earlier on not to contest. He allowed me to contest. But I am also a human being,' she said, using the prime minister's nickname.

However, the firebrand political veteran put on a brave face over the decision, saying she would now have more time to spend with her family and as head of the ruling party's influential women's wing.

'Thirty two years in government service and 20 years as minister, I am blessed and content,' she said.

'I am so happy I served for so long, it's nothing to feel down about.'

Ms Rafidah said she was confident that the ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) would recover from its worst election performance in history in March 8 polls.

The Barisan Nasional coalition led by UMNO lost its two-thirds majority for the first time since 1969 and conceded four more states to a resurgent opposition, in a debacle that triggered calls for Abdullah to resign.

UMNO heavyweight Muhyiddin Yassin replaced Ms Rafidah at the ministry of international trade and industry. -- AFP

Is this article useful to you?

Still feeling the shock days after the escape of JI most notorius man. How could that happen when S'pore pride itself as efficient and no nonsense handling of threats...

By all standards, Minister Wong has shown good leadership. He has remained calm and this has reassured many of the citizens.
Read more


  M'sia's Rafidah expresses hurt over cabinet departure
  M'sia's Cabinet sworn in
  M'sia opposition says govt MPs ready to defect
  Radzi quits as Umno sec-gen
  Unhappy over fewer women ministers
  Mukhriz escapes censure
  Eight Filipinas picked up in raid at outlet
  Fourteen lose $37,000 in scam
  Maid killed during robbery at house
  PM drops 'big guns' from Cabinet
M'sia's Rafidah expresses hurt over cabinet departure
When voters show who's the real boss
Barisan to conduct post-mortem
Malaysian politics turned upside down
Malaysian media urge reforms after poll setbacks

Elsewhere in AsiaOne...

Investor Relations: KL cement, steel price move slammed

Travel: Malacca Eye off to scary start

Motoring: Mat Rempit - Scourge of M'sian roads

Digital: M'sia PM: Google eyeing Kl hub

Business: 15-year wait for dream home over

Just Women: Why these mums rock - Page two