Umno’s Ahmad Jazlan Yaakob has resigned as Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) chairman in protest of the poor treatment of his party by the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government.
The Machang MP earlier today submitted his resignation to Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali after being on the job for only eight months.
“It is for the principles and dignity of the party,” Ahmad Jazlan was quoted as saying.
The Kelantan Umno chief added one of the main reasons for him to quit the position was that Bersatu, in particular, has been stepping on Umno’s head despite being coalition partners since February.
“It is indeed because Bersatu has taken us for granted.”
He was reported earlier by Astro Awani as saying he would resign if the government does not dissolve Parliament by the end of January.
However, barely hours after that, he gave the notice to the minister. His resignation comes into effect on Wednesday.
“I express my heartfelt gratitude to the Minister for his belief in me in the course of carrying out my duties as MPOB chairman.
“I also appreciate all the cooperation given to me by the board members, management, and all workers at MPOB during my stint at this agency.
“I pray that MPOB continues to progress and stay competitive by helping the rakyat involved in the commodity (palm), including the stakeholders,” Ahmad Jazlan said.