Kadir Jasin Has Resigned From His Post In The Council Of Elders
Datuk A. Kadir Jasin has resigned from his post as Media and Communications head of the 'Council of Elders', also called Team of Eminent Persons, with immediate effect
In his blog post, Kadir wrote:
"I have, with immediate effect, resigned as head of media and communications of the Council of Eminent Persons.
"This is solely my decision in order to avoid further confusion among members of the public regarding my role in the Council, and the views I expressed in my blog and in my weekly column in the Sinar Harian newspaper."
Kadir's resignation comes two days after police initiated a criminal defamation investigation as reports were lodged over his blog posts about the Agong's alleged expenses
Kadir, who is also a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia supreme council member, had in his personal blog post alleged that the government had spent about RM257 million for the upkeep and personal expenditure of Sultan Muhammad V in the 16 months since he became the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
While the supreme council member of Bersatu insisted that he has never taken advantage of his position to attack the rulers, claiming that his articles are his personal view, he has received brickbats over his posts on the Agong.
He explained his decision to step down from the Council
"To avoid embarrassment to the council and any possible conflict of interest on my part, I offered my resignation and was accepted by the chairperson, Daim Zainuddin.
"I thank the prime minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Daim for their trust and confidence in me," Kadir wrote.