Padang Rengas MP Nazri Aziz is being considered for an ambassador’s post, MalaysiaNow has learnt from diplomatic sources.
It is understood that Nazri, who last served in the government as the tourism minister, could be posted to a European capital.
But when contacted, Nazri denied knowing anything about such an appointment.
“I don’t know. I didn’t receive any information. Where did you hear this?” he asked.
A source told MalaysiaNow that the Cabinet would discuss a proposal to appoint Nazri as a Malaysian ambassador at its next meeting.
Attempts to obtain confirmation from Wisma Putra have failed.
Nazri, who was among the Umno MPs who openly defied the party president’s move to topple Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister, recently indicated that he was no longer interested in political positions.
MalaysiaNow cannot independently confirm the claim, but any move to appoint Nazri, who is trained as a lawyer, would be a break from the policy announced during the Pakatan Harapan administration that only career diplomats would be given these posts.
The former government had at that time planned to replace politically appointed ambassadors with career diplomats.