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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

I’ll tell all later, Anifah says on leaving Umno

KOTA KINABALU - Anifah Aman, the latest Umno bigwig to leave the party, says he will reveal his reasons for doing so at a later time.

When contacted by FMT, the former foreign minister confirmed his resignation, saying he handed in the letter last night.

“I will give my reasons (for quitting) later,” he added.

“I will call a press conference when necessary, just not yet.”

News of Anifah’s resignation came less than 24 hours after Umno Supreme Council member Mustapa Mohamed quit the party.

FMT earlier reported that Anifah had submitted his letter of resignation to Umno secretary-general Annuar Musa.

It is still unclear whether the Kimanis MP will be joining another party.

With Anifah’s resignation, Umno is left with only six parliamentary seats in Sabah: Kinabatangan, Kudat, Beaufort, Sipitang, Libaran and Beluran.

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Anifah resigns from Umno

PETALING JAYA - Former foreign minister Anifah Aman has quit Umno, less than 24 hours after the resignation of Supreme Council member Mustapa Mohamed.

According to a well-placed source, Anifah has submitted his letter of resignation to Umno secretary-general Annuar Musa.

It is not clear yet why Anifah, the Kimanis MP, is resigning from Umno or whether he is joining another party.

Earlier this year, Anifah together with Umno’s Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin had remained seated in the Dewan Rakyat while other opposition MPs staged a walk-out in protest after Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof was sworn in as speaker for the 14th Parliament.

FMT’s efforts to contact Anifah have been unsuccessful.

Yesterday, Mustapa, who had been with Umno for some 40 years, quit the party, saying its direction was not in line with his principles.

Umno won 54 parliamentary seats in the 14th general election.

Since then, five MPs have quit the party: Anifah, Jeli MP Mustapa, Masjid Tanah MP Mas Ermieyati Samsudin, Bukit Gantang MP Syed Abu Hussin Hafiz Syed Abdul Fasal, and Bagan Serai MP Noor Azmi Ghazali. - FMT

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