Dr Noraini Ahmad Has Resigned From Her Post As The Minister Of Higher Education

Noraini is the second Cabinet Minister from UMNO to have resigned in less than a week.

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UMNO politician Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad has resigned from her post as the Minister of Higher Education effective Friday, 6 August

In a statement, the Wanita UMNO chief said the move was to comply with the party supreme council decision on 3 August when they decided to withdraw support for the Perikatan Nasional government.

"I would like to express my appreciation to the Prime Minister for giving me the opportunity to serve as the Minister of Higher Education," the Parit Sulong member of Parliament (MP) said.

"However, based on the decision made by UMNO supreme council on 3 August 2021, I as the chief of Wanita UMNO, abide by the party direction and resign from my position as a Minister and Cabinet member with immediate effect. The party's decision would be executed during the next Parliament session."

Noraini also expressed her gratitude to all of the Ministry of Higher Education staffers and stakeholders who helped her during her term

"I would like to thank everyone, especially the Ministry of Higher Education staff, and all stakeholders related to the ministry who assisted me in carrying out my duties," the Parit Sulong MP said.

According to Noraini, she has tried to do her best in managing the country amidst the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected human lives around the world and that she will continue this effort.

She is the second Cabinet member to resign citing UMNO's decision

The first to tender the resignation is UMNO Supreme Council member Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah who left his post as the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources on Tuesday, 3 August.

"After considering several decisions and stands taken by the party, I, as an obedient and loyal UMNO member, hereby tender my resignation as a member of the Federal Government Cabinet," Shamsul said.

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As of this writing, both the ministries remain vacant.

On 3 August, UMNO president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced that the party has withdrawn support for Muhyiddin:

Following which, the Prime Minister said that he will be seeking a vote of confidence in the Dewan Rakyat when it reconvenes:

The political crisis began in the last week of July after Istana Negara said that de Facto Law Minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan misled the Parliament regarding the revocation of the Emergency Ordinances:

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