PETALING JAYA: It is normal for ministers to resign and there is nothing unusual about Dr Maszlee Malik stepping down as Education Minister, says veteran newsman Datuk A. Kadir Jasin.
Kadir said the appointment, resignation or even dismissal of any ministers is a norm but in Malaysia, such matters become sensational.
He said the appointment of a minister is the prerogative of the prime minister, as well as the advice for a minister to step down.
"If the minister refuses to do so, then the prime minister can sack the minister. The minister too has the right to voluntarily resign.
"However, it is different with civil servants where they cannot be terminated unnecessarily until they retire.
"Even if they are sacked, there needs to be concrete reasons and a process to undergo," said the media and communications adviser to the prime minister in his blog post on Sunday (Jan 5).
Kadir said a minister's post is not permanent as it is a political one, as such, the minister can be asked to leave by the prime minister at any time.
He said that the premier does not need to provide any reason and even when asked, the former is not obligated to provide any reasons.
"A minister can step down any time without giving notice.
"In developed countries or even in nations where there is political instability, not only ministers step down or get sacked, even prime ministers often resign," said Kadir.
He said some prime ministers or presidents resign because they have lost the support from their own party, lost a vote of no-confidence in Parliament or even through impeachment process.
On Maszlee's resignation on Jan 3, Kadir said: "Maszlee was advised to resign, he obliged and resigned."
"Normally, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad does not sack or drop his ministers.
"He in turn gives them the opportunity to resign voluntarily, if they refuse, only then they will be sacked.
"Usually, his (Dr Mahathir's) advice for a minister to resign does not depend on performance merely.
"He has his reasons. As we know, he has his sources and intelligence (information)," added Kadir.
Maszlee resigned after serving for 20 months as Education Minister following Dr Mahathir's advice.
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