Dr Maszlee Is Reportedly Resigning As Education Minister
Dr Maszlee Malik is reportedly tendering his resignation as Education Minister to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
According to several media reports including Malay Mail, Dr Maszlee is expected to announce his resignation from the Cabinet later today, 2 January.
The English daily cited three separate sources close to the Education Minister, saying that Dr Maszlee handed his resignation letter to Dr Mahathir earlier this afternoon.
"He gave his resignation letter today and PM has accepted it," Malay Mail quoted one government official, who asked to be anonymous, as saying.
"He is currently meeting his staff and will announce his decision in a press conference later this afternoon."
A Malaysiakini report, too, cited an unnamed government source as saying that a meeting between Dr Maszlee and Dr Mahathir is taking place at the Prime Minister's Office in Putrajaya
"I can confirm the meeting but I cannot divulge details," Malaysiakini quoted the source as saying.
According to the site, while Dr Maszlee's press secretary Zul Fikri Zamir did not respond to a request for a comment, his political aide Mahmood Kassim told them to attend the Education Minister's press conference which is scheduled for 4.30pm at the Ministry of Education in Putrajaya today, 2 January.
As per reports, Dr Maszlee's resignation will pave the way for a minor ministerial reshuffle in the Pakatan Harapan-led government
Free Malaysia Today (FMT), while quoting a reliable source, said that Dr Mahathir is likely to announce a "minor reshuffle" in the wake of criticism over Maszlee's performance.
"It's not about Jawi," the source told FMT.
"There are larger issues that the prime minister feels warrant a minor reshuffle."