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Energy minister first Umno man to have resigned
Published on: Tuesday, August 03, 2021
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Energy minister first Umno man to have resigned
Shamsul Anuar Nasarah has become the first Umno man to quit the Cabinet.
PETALING JAYA: Shamsul Anuar Nasarah has resigned as the Perikatan Nasional-led government’s energy and natural resources minister today. 

With this, the Lenggong MP becomes the first Umno minister to quit Muhyiddin Yassin’s government, an aide to the minister has confirmed. 

In a statement, Shamsul thanked the prime minister for giving him the chance to serve as a minister, adding that he was confident that Umno’s leaders had recommended him for the post. 

“Taking into account several decisions and stands taken by my party, as an Umno member loyal to the party, I hereby resign as a Cabinet minister of the federal government. 

“My focus after this will be on my duties as Lenggong MP and to strengthen the party in facing this challenging political situation.”

Shamsul is also an Umno Supreme Council member and was the party’s information chief prior to the change of government. 

His resignation follows the controversy over the emergency ordinances, which prompted calls from some Umno leaders for Muhyiddin to step down as prime minister. 

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had also said that all Umno MPs must withdraw their support for Muhyiddin following the controversy, which was deemed as treacherous to the King. 

Shamsul’s resignation also comes amid deputy prime minister and Umno vice-president Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s claim that 40 MPs from Barisan Nasional backed the Muhyiddin-led government.

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