SIMPANG RENGGAM: Former Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik says that he harbours no ill feelings against Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad despite being advised to "return" his Cabinet post.
The Simpang Renggam MP insisted that he was not fired from his previous post as the Education Minister, nor did he "resign", as Dr Mahathir had the prerogative as Prime Minister to take the position back.
"I met Dr Mahathir at his office, and he gave me fatherly advice saying that I had done a wonderful job in my 20 months as the Education Minister. However, I admit that I am not a politician and never lobbied for a position in Dr Mahathir's Cabinet," said Dr Maszlee.
He added that he was thankful to the Prime Minister for entrusting him to serve the rakyat as the Education Minister.
Maszlee said this in his speech during a meet-the-rakyat programme organised by the Simpang Renggam parliamentary office here on Saturday (Jan 4).
He said he was happy to return his ministerial position to Dr Mahathir on Thursday (Dec 2).
Maszlee also said he knew about the online petition to retain him as the Education Minister and that it had received more than half a million signatures, adding that he was touched by the gesture.
However, he added that his main focus now was to serve his constituents in Simpang Renggam and contribute to the education field in Johor.
"I guess what had happen to me is a blessing in disguise as I am able to carry out my duty as the Simpang Renggam MP," he said, urging whoever appointed to replace him to continue improving the country's education system.
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