PETALING JAYA: Umno’s Gual Ipoh assemblyman Mohd Bakri Mustapha (pic) resigned as a board member of the South Kelantan Development Board (Kesedar) following orders from the party supreme council to withdraw support for the Perikatan Nasional government.
"I have notified my resignation to Kesedar chairman Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz on Sunday (Aug 8).
"I will submit my formal letter after this. The chairman accepted my resignation and understood the situation I'm facing," he was quoted as saying by news portal Malaysiakini during a press conference on Monday (Aug 9).
Mohd Bakri also said his resignation was done out of love for Umno and wasn't influenced by anyone.
"The president and the supreme council's decision should be upheld with dignity.
"God-willing, Umno will be restored through solidarity (from members) like me," he said.
Aside from Mohd Bakri, Barisan Nasional secretary general Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir resigned as non-independent and non-executive chairman of the Malaysian Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) on Sunday.
Recently, Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin resigned as Boustead Holdings Bhd chairman, Datuk Razlan Rafii as Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT) board member and Wanita Umno secretary Rosni Sohar as PTPTN board member.
On Saturday (Aug 7), Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan tendered his resignation as Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) board of directors chairman with immediate effect.
Balik Pulau Umno chief Datuk Shah Headan Ayoob Hussain also announced his resignation as board member of Universiti Putra Malaysia and UPM Holdings Sdn Bhd with immediate effect.
Sabah Umno Youth chief Abdul Aziz Julkarnain also resigned as an independent and non-executive director of Boustead Plantations Bhd, in a letter dated Aug 6.
Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Shafei Abdullah resigned as a LTAT board member on Aug 6, and on the same day, Parit Sulong MP Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad announced her resignation as the Higher Education Minister.
The exodus started with the resignation of Datuk Seri Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah as the Energy and Natural Resources Minister last Tuesday (Aug 3).
Meanwhile, there were also Umno leaders who resigned from their positions since beginning of the year, among them were Machang MP Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub who resigned as Malaysian Palm Oil Board chairman in January.
Sabah Umno division chief Datuk Zawawi Othman resigned as chairman of Kesedar Kilang Sdn Bhd in Pasir Puteh in April.
The Perikatan government's legitimacy is being disputed by Opposition MPs following the recent Royal rebuke on the revocation of the Emergency Ordinances.
Umno is split between party president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who retracted support for Perikatan and party vice-president Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who backed the Perikatan government, until a vote of confidence is tabled in Parliament in September.
Ismail Sabri has since claimed that he is leading 31 Barisan MPs to support Perikatan, against another 11 MPs led by Ahmad Zahid in retracting support for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Prime Minister.
The political crisis started last Tuesday 9Aug 3) when Ahmad Zahid, who was backed by 10 Umno MPs during a press conference, claimed that he had submitted enough statutory declarations to the King to retract support for Muhyiddin.
In response, Muhyiddin said he still commands a majority support in Parliament as only eight Umno MPs retracted support following his weekly pre-Cabinet meeting with the King last Wednesday (Aug 4).
Muhyiddin said his position as Prime Minister will be determined in a vote of confidence in a September Parliament sitting and this was consented by the King.
Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan has previously indicated that more resignations will be made known in the coming days.