Husni could make political comeback, says report

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Former finance minister II Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah is speculated to make a political comeback, by being fielded for the sixth time in the Tambun parliamentary seat in the 14th general election, Sin Chew Daily reported today. 

Husni resigned his cabinet post, as well as his posts in Umno, in June 2016. 

According to the report, Husni's possible return has the blessings of Prime Minister and BN chairperson Najib Abdul Razak.

The report quoted a BN source saying that the 66-year-old was one of the Umno politicians who is highly regarded by Najib. 

Husni had also been previously quoted saying that he was willing to contest in the Tambun parliamentary seat again, if given the mandate by Najib. 

The former Umno treasurer-general was appointed finance minister II in April 2009, right after Najib assumed office. 

However, Husni raised eyebrows when he questioned the need for the controversial 1MDB during a budget debate in Parliament, in October 2016. He resigned eight months later. 

Despite Najib saying that Husni had resigned due to personal reasons, many believed that the latter had quit after declining to move to the Prime Minister's Department. 

About a year later, in November 2017, Husni made headlines again after praising that Najib will leave behind a "zero corruption legacy", and that he was proud to be a loyal follower of Najib.

A Facebook fan page of Husni uploaded an image which showed him shaking hands with Najib, prior to the commencement of the Parliament sitting this month. 

In the last election, Husni defeated PKR's Siti Aishah Shaik Ismail with a majority vote of 9,325.