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Najib 'disappointed' by Waythamoorthy's exit


RESIGNATION: He should have discussed the matter with me first, says prime minister

KUALA LUMPUR: DATUK Seri Najib Razak has expressed disappointment with the way P. Waytha-moorthy tendered his resignation as deputy minister in the Prime Minister's Department.

The prime minister said Waythamoorthy, who is also Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) chairman, should have met him and discussed the matter first before making his resignation public.

"I received the resignation letter of P. Waythamoorthy as deputy minister in the Prime Minister's Department on Monday.

"I respect and accept his decision and wish him the best in his future undertakings," he said in a statement.

"After signing an understanding agreement with the Barisan Nasional to promote the agenda for the Indian community, his decision to step down is disappointing."

Waythamoorthy should have adapted himself to the government's administration system and worked to achieve a consensus in implementing all the government's programmes, Najib said.

In line with his approach for a people-friendly government and to assist the needy, Najib, who is also BN chairman, said the government would continue to carry out socio-economic development programmes for the Indian community, as well as other races.

Waythamoorthy was appointed senator and deputy minister after the 13th General Election.

His decision to step down was made public on Saturday via a statement issued by Hindraf secretary, P. Ramesh.

In the statement, Hindraf had accused the BN government of failing to fulfil its promises to improve the wellbeing of underprivileged Indians.



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