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Lajim stripped of his Cabinet post

 | July 31, 2012

The Prime Minister's Department announced that Sabah MP Lajim Ukin is no longer a deputy minister.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, has consented to revoking the appointment of Beaufort MP Lajim Ukim as Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister with immediate effect.

In a statement issued today, the Prime Minister’s Office said the decision was in accordance with clause (3) Article 43A, which was read together with clause (5) Article 43 of the Federal Constitution.

The decision is effective immediately.

Lajim had on Sunday announced his decision to resign his positions in the Umno supreme council and from his Beaufort divison.

But he said he “will remain as Umno member and deputy minister”.

Explaining his decision, he said: “I am disappointed with Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak who promised to make changes to the Sabah Barisan Nasional leadership but has not done anything until now.

“I can no longer be a Yes Man in BN. I am firm with my stand to pressure the state and the federal governments to develop Sabah.”

Lajim also said that he would leave it to the Umno supreme council and Najib to decide on his membership in the party and his position as deputy minister.

It was reported today that Umno had issued Lajim a showcase letter over his decision.

Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said Lajim had 14 days to reply to the letter after which Umno would consider action against him as provided for under the party’s constitution.

Lajim and Tuaran MP Wilfred Bumburing had both declared their support for Pakatan Rakyat defacto leader Anwar Ibrahim during their respective functions on last Sunday.

Anwar was present at both functions.


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