No politician was picked to fill the 24 vacant ambassadorial positions by Wisma Putra.
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Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah today confirmed that all 24 candidates that will be appointed as Malaysian ambassadors overseas are all diplomatic officers and not a single politician has made the list.
This, according to Saifuddin, includes the position of Malaysian ambassador to Indonesia which was previously linked to maverick politician, Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman.
“The candidates for the new high commissioner and ambassador including (to) Indonesia are all our own diplomatic officers,” Saifuddin was quoted as saying by Utusan Malaysia.
Saifuddin said that the list containing 24 candidates has been handed to Public Services Commission (SPA) for the final screening process by Wisma Putra.
“Following that, their names will be sent to the country involved for final consideration and after they pass, then only they will receive the letter of appointment,” he said.
The Malaysian ambassador to Indonesia’s post became vacant following the retirement of Datuk Zainal Abidin Bakar in April last year.
Tajuddin, who is also the Pasir Salak MP, was first linked to the position in 2021.
However, Free Malaysia Today reported that Tajuddin’s appointment had been revoked following several delays.