Mahathir resigns while Azmin, Zuraida sacked

Press Statement from the Prime Minister's Office.

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Feb 24: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has submitted his resignation letter to Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

The Prime Minister’s Office, in a brief statement, confirmed that Dr Mahathir has resigned from his position as prime minister, although no reason was given disclosed for the resignation.

The statement added that Dr Mahathir’s resignation letter was submitted at 1 pm this afternoon.

According to news report, Malaysia’s seventh prime minister quit the Cabinet because he had failed to work with Umno members.

Free Malaysia Today (FMT) reported that the demand from Umno leaders were exorbitant, which caused the plan to form a new coalition government to turn sour.

“They (Umno leaders) were asking too much, so the talks were halted temporarily. So no announcements were made,” FMT quoted a source, who claimed to be closely following private meetings between political leaders since yesterday.

On a separate note, The Edge reported that Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin have been sacked by the party.

Azmin and other MPs from Umno, Pas and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) were seen meeting for a dinner at Sheraton Hotel at Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

What was being discussed and transpired during the dinner were unknown as the MPs left without talking to the media.

Though no one leaked what transpired from the meeting, media reports were certain that Azmin and other PKR leaders aligned with him were present in the dinner.

PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, in a Facebook video posting recorded form his home yesterday evening, said there were certain quarters within the PKR that has betrayed the party. — DayakDaily