By THE BORNEOTODAY TEAM
KOTA KINABALU – Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman is not quitting the cabinet, an unnamed aide was reported saying late Friday.
BorneoToday attempted to contact Anifah Friday night on a phone number often used by the Kimanis Member of Parliament, but it seemed to be not in service.
A different aide later said Anifah was attending a talk programme that included deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and other Sabah Umno leaders.
Anifah was also at a gathering earlier Friday with other Umno division leaders that was attended by Zahid who is on a working visit to Sabah.
NST online reported that when they contact an officer in the Foreign Ministry he denied hearing rumours of Anifah quitting his post.
“As far as I know, there is no such thing. I also want to know how his name had cropped up,” the report stated.
The rumours followed a tweet by Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali earlier Friday, who claimed he had heard that a senior minister had left the cabinet following issues relating to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
“Benarkah ada seorang Menteri Kanan telah meletakkan jawatan ? Khabarnya beliau tidak mahu bersubahat dengan 1MDB. Cuba ikuti perkembangan.
“(Is it true that a senior minister had quit his post? Word has it that the person does not want to be in cahoots with 1MDB. Let’s follow the development).”
The reports which attracted much attention in the federal capital prompted Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to clarify that no member of his Cabinet has expressed any intention to resign from office.
“No Minister has informed me that he is quitting. I shall assume Azmin is telling a lie to create a stir unless he can reveal the name of the Minister,” the Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman said in a brief post on his social media accounts.
Second Finance Minister Datuk Johari Abdul Gani was quoted by a news portal that it was news to him while Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said neither the Cabinet nor the Umno supreme council had discussed any minister’s resignation.
Nazri was also reported saying that Azmin likely made the remark in an attempt to divert attention from a “big split in the Opposition” following former minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim’s entry into DAP earlier this week.
In KOTA BHARU, Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa urged the people not to be influenced by rumours of a senior minister resigning Mohamed.
Bernama quoted him as saying the cheeky news was spread by people who would pull all kind of stories closer to election day.
All ministers will continue to perform their best for the people as mandated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, he said.
“The important thing is we want to deliver a quality service to the people, to forge closer relationship with the people to solve issues that matters to them,” he said.