Update @ 20.19 hours:
There is no reason for me to quit my party post,” Rafidah Aziz said and urged her supporters to calm down. “We are still UMNO members. Let’s continue the party struggle … and support the party’s healing process. We must be united in the party”. (IHT)
One is appointed advisor with a ministerial role, the other threatens to resign.
“Umno women’s wing deputy chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil has been appointed a special adviser to the prime minister with the status of minister on women and social development affairs”
But will Rafidah Aziz, who’s been kick-out of her post as Trade and Industry Minister resign?
If Rafidah Aziz steps down from her Wanita (UMNO Women’s Wing) post, her deputy at present Shahrizat is then expected to contest for the top post in the coming party elections. She will then have to face a fight from Umno supreme council member and the new Tourism Minister Azalina Othman Said.
Sources close to Umno however ruled out any such drastic announcement from Rafidah today.“Most probably she is just going to hand over her duty to the new person. Also, why should she be making a Umno-related announcement in the ministry?” asked a well-placed source. Rafidah’s tenure as a minister has been blighted with accusations of corruption and selective handing out of Approved Permit issues for imported vehicles.She came under tremendous pressure to quit in 2005 after former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad questioned her on the AP issues.More news to follow, I am sure.