Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar has resigned from all positions she holds within Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and will now be an ordinary member of the party effective today, 17 December, onwards
In a statement to The Star, Nurul announced that she has resigned as vice president of PKR and has also relinquished her appointment as chair of Penang PKR. The party's leadership has already been informed of her decision.
"My work as elected representative for the people of Permatang Pauh and as a legislator will continue until my term expires. I will also remain as an ordinary member of KEADILAN," she wrote.
In the statement, she also said that she will "no longer serve the federal government in any capacity"
"I leave the decision as to my role in the Penang state government-linked companies to the party leadership," she added.
"I remain a member of the parliamentary backbench committed to reforms. I also leave to the leadership the decision as to my status as a member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). I had earlier relinquished my post as Chair of the Bills Committee in favour of the PAC."
However, she will continue her advocacy work as "an ordinary citizen and Member of Parliament for Permatang Pauh".
Nurul took a moment to reflect on her journey in politics so far, saying that her only regret is that she did not make the announcement of her resignation sooner
"My journey in politics began in 1998 - more as a political awakening, and eventually as part of the central leadership of the People’s Justice Party. I thank the members of KEADILAN for according me the opportunity to serve them all this while," Nurul said.
There are beliefs and ideals I hold dear and I feel that I can be most true to them by taking this course of action I am now announcing.
Towards the end of the statement, she wrote, "My only regret is that I should have made this announcement sooner, but it has not been an easy decision to arrive at. The pace of political developments has been relentless for the last nine months, with party elections following a gruelling general election campaign."
"Now that I have had the chance to take stock of where I stand in relation to politics, I am resolved to doing the right thing.
"I wish the leadership and the party the very best."
The full statement can be read here.
Meanwhile, PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali has said he did not know of Nurul's resignation until this morning
In a report by Malaysiakini, Azmin said that he is hoping to get an answer from Nurul.
"I just learned about it this morning," he told reporters.
"I will try to talk to her and understand what really happened. I got nothing else to comment."
On the other hand, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he doesn't know "anything about what is happening to PKR".
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