IPOH: Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah said today he resigned as the Second Finance Minister because he did not want to be transferred to any other ministry.
“I told myself that one day I will retire, but when, I do not know. But I decided that my retirement would be at the Ministry of Finance.
“That’s why I talked to the Prime Minister (Najib Razak). I told him that I will retire at the MoF. If you want to move me, I don’t want (that). So, please drop me,” he told reporters during the Aidilfitri open house at his residence in Sungai Rokam here.
Ahmad Husni also denied that he had any problem with the Prime Minister, Cabinet or Umno.
He said he had resigned as Second Finance Minister on June 27 before Najib announced the Cabinet reshuffle. Subsequently, he also resigned from all his posts in Umno at the federal, state and divisional levels and will focus solely on carrying out his duties as MP for Tambun.
Johari Abdul Ghani has taken over as the second finance minister.
Ahmad Husni said he had wanted to retire from politics after the next general election but wanted to remain at the Finance Ministry until then.
“However, the Prime Minister had his own ideas and wanted to transfer me to another ministry,” he said, adding that he preferred to remain at the Finance Ministry because he could help many quarters in need of aid.
“I believed that in the MOF, I could bring all people together because I believe in multi-culturalism,” he said.
He also said that his resignation from the Cabinet and all posts in Umno did not have anything to do with the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy.
“No … my resignation has nothing to do with 1MDB because I had thought about retiring a long time ago. This is the problem when one retires; many will say there must have been a problem.
“1MDB has nothing to do with my resignation because I wanted to resign,” he said, adding that 1MDB was a big business and “we cannot say the business was 100% perfect.”
“In business, there are two important things, namely business risk and financial risk. This means, anybody who takes over 1MDB would have to look at both these aspects. If they can, there is definitely no problem,” he said.
Ahmad Husni also denied he would join former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad or any Opposition party.
“No … I will not join Dr Mahathir or any Opposition party because I believe that in politics there is a point of termination,” he said.
Ahmad Husni said that for now he wanted to serve to the best of his abilities, his constituents in Tambun who had voted for and supported him all this while.
“Now what I want to do is this last thing as a Member of Parliament,” he said.
“They supported me. That’s why I will give my all in serving them as an MP.”
Ahmad Husni also said he had confidence in Johari Abdul Ghani as the Second Finance Minister, and added, “(Firstly) I will advise him to use his ability well and then, secondly, is (the issue of) integrity.
“You know, there are some people who like to take advantage (of others). Sometimes, they will look at (those in the) MoF. So, please uphold your integrity at all times,” he said.