Thursday, March 20, 2008

NEWS: quiting in malaysia

1. Khir Resigns As Selangor BN Chairman And State Umno Chief

SHAH ALAM, March 19 (Bernama) -- Former Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo has resigned as the state Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman and state Umno chief, effective immediately.

Speaking at a brief news conference here tonight, Dr Mohamad Khir said he was taking full responsibility of BN's defeat in Selangor in the March 8 general election.

He also apologised for the BN's poor performance in the election.

"I've discussed with (Umno) president (Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) and he has agreed in principle to appoint Tan Sri (Muhammad Muhd Taib) as the new state BN chairman and state Umno chief," he said.

2. Datuk Seri Tengku Azlan Abu Bakar, and Datuk Anifah Aman

PUTRAJAYA/KOTA KINABALU, Wed: Datuk Seri Tengku Azlan Abu Bakar, who declined his new posting as Deputy Foreign Minister, said he did not “throw a tantrum” as reported in the New Straits Times today.
He denied having done that when informing Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Tuesday that he would not take up his new post.

“I did not throw any tantrum, I merely informed the prime minister and it was a very respectful meeting. Please make this correction,” Tengku Azlan said today after reading news reports about himself.

The former deputy transport minister said he turned down the cabinet appointment because he wanted “to move on since I’m not getting anywhere”.

“I want to try going into business and to spend more time with people in my Jerantut constituency,” he said.
Besides him, Datuk Anifah Aman has also rejected his appointment as Deputy Transport Minister. Anifah was previously Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities.

KUALA LUMPUR — A close ally of the Malaysian Prime Minister, Mr Radzi Sheikh Ahmad, resigned from his political posts less than 24 hours after he was dropped from the new Cabinet.

Rafidah surprised that Pak Lah did not tell her earlier she would be dumped from Cabinet
KUALA LUMPUR — When it was first announced that she would hold a press conference a day after she was dumped from the Cabinet, there was speculation that Malaysia's Iron Lady, Ms Rafidah Aziz, would take the opportunity to wash some dirty Umno linen in public.