Malaysiakini Special Report

Back in Putrajaya, Saifuddin says he now enjoys 'real freedom' in Harapan

Alyaa Alhadjri & Norman Goh  |  Published:  |  Modified:

INTERVIEW | Unlike many of his cabinet colleagues, Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah is no stranger to Putrajaya.

But so much has changed since Saifuddin was a deputy minister in the previous BN administration, more than just his move from the Higher Education Ministry to Wisma Putra.

In his first official media interview since being picked for Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s cabinet, he told Malaysiakini said the biggest difference is the true “freedom” he now enjoys under Pakatan Harapan.

"When I was a member of the Umno supreme council, the rule of thumb is to toe the line.

"I am now secretariat chief of Harapan and a member of the PKR political bureau, and I have yet to be reminded to toe the line," he said when met at his office.

"But that doesn't mean that you can be so free to the extent that you can defy party orders.

"But there's no gag order, there is no 'toe the line' kind of thing," he stressed...

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