Dr Wan Azizah to stay as DPM


Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will remain in her current position, although she is no longer leading PKR.

Newly elected PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said his wife, Dr Wan Azizah, will remain as the DPM until he takes over as the country’s eighth prime minister.

He said the recent PKR annual congress had endorsed her as DPM and she would remain in the position.

“Of course that is the spirit of the agreement that she will remain until I take over,” Anwar told reporters at the Parliament lobby yesterday.

He also said Dr Wan Azizah would continue to head the party’s advisory council, although she has paved away for presidency to Anwar in the last party polls.

Separately, Anwar said it is inevitable for the government to put in some efforts and utilise its resources to recoup at least some of the massive losses from the scandal-ridden 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

He said the scandal is colossal enough for the government to take serious action and that it should be pursued amid realisation that it will take a long time to resolve.

“For example, Goldman Sachs Group Inc (which earned huge fees from servicing 1MDB) case is still ongoing and Jho Low is still not found,” he said, referring to fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho.

Malaysia has started to take legal actions against alleged perpetrators of the 1MDB fiasco, in which billions of ringgit have been alleged to be missing and misused for personal gains.

The case is being investigated in at least six countries, with the latest legal actions taken by the US government against Jho Low and other associated bankers.