Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Rafidah Accepts Drop Decision, Stays On As Wanita UMNO Chief

What's her game plan?

Wednesday March 19, 2008
MYT 3:46:27 PM

Rafidah stays on as Wanita Umno chief

KUALA LUMPUR: In her first public reaction to being dropped from the Cabinet, former International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz said Wednesday she will stay on as Wanita Umno chief.

Rafidah was excluded from the new Cabinet line-up announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Tuesday.

Rafidah told reporters that she was not disappointed and accepted the Prime Minister's decision, but was surprised when Abdullah told her Tuesday that she would not be retained.

She said there would not have been a need for her to contest in the recent general election had Abdullah informed her of his plan beforehand.

Rafidah said the formation of the Cabinet was the Prime Minister's prerogative and she bore no grudges over the decision to not have her on board.

She was replaced by Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the former Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister, as International Trade and Industry Minister.

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