Azmin Ali, Minister of International Trade and Industry, says ex-PM Muhyiddin Yassin’s government was a global example in its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This could be a sign of a growing schism between Umno and Bersatu, two members of the ruling coalition. Azmin appears to praise the ‘qualities’ of Muhyiddin’s defunct Perikatan Nasional government.
He is now a Minister in the Umno-led coalition, which is led by Umno’s Ismail Sabri Yaakob, while Muhyiddin is no longer in the cabinet.
Azmin’s remarks come at a time when the Bersatu is at odds with Agriculture Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin. Azmin worked with him during the short-lived Pakatan Harapan regime led by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“PN’s extraordinary success was gaining global recognition as the best government in managing Covid-19 recovery efforts,” Azmin, a Bersatu Supreme Council member, says.
“Within a short time, the country was facing a health and economic crisis. But under Muhyiddin Yassin’s leadership, PN successfully brought the country out of this crisis,” he was quoted as saying by Bernama.
He says the Nikkei Covid-19 Recovery Index ranked Malaysia 13th compared to 115th last year.
“We need to continue this success and I leave it to the rakyat to make the right decision in the Johor state elections.”
Yesterday, after receiving reports of 10,089 new Covid-19 cases, health minister Khairy Jamaluddin warned that infections would soon exceed 15,000 for the second time.
According to the Health Ministry, Malaysia could soon see a surge of 25,000 cases per day.
Covid-19 cases surpassed 15,000 for the first time on September 18 of last year, when 15,549 infections were reported.
Muhyiddin was deposed as Prime Minister last year after some Umno members abandoned him.
Ismail Sabri Yaakob of Umno has served as Prime Minister since August of last year. Azmin held a position of power in Muhyiddin’s government.
He was a close ally of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim before falling out with him. He became Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s blue-eyed boy during the Pakatan Harapan’s 22 months in power.
PH rule ended in February 2020 when the latter resigned as Prime Minister.