KUALA LUMPUR, May 6 — A former minister is set to be appointed Malaysia’s ambassador to the United States, a move which indicates that the Najib administration is looking to upgrade its relations with the Obama administration.
The appointment, which is being vetted by the US State Department, could also raise questions about Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s appetite to keep controversial individuals away from his administration.Government sources told The Malaysian Insider that Datuk Seri Jamaludin Jarjis will enjoy the status of a minister in his new appointment.
A close friend of the PM, he was passed over for a Cabinet position because of concerns that he was carrying too much baggage.
He was accused and cleared of sexual harassment as well as criticised for comments made about Malaysian Indians while on a trip to the United States a couple of years ago. But all along there has been speculation that the MP for Rompin and former Science, Technology and Innovation Minister would be rewarded with a senior position in a government-linked company or as a special envoy of the government.
Congratulations for getting this plum job, JJ. Hope you enjoy your extended holidays!
Just remember that over in the states, the ladies are much less liable to "misunderstanding" your attention as they know the difference between their ass and their shoulders, ok? So you better brush up on your anatomy too and keep your hands on the appropriate places! ;)