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Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had accepted Dr Maszlee Malik’s resignation as the Education Minister effective tomorrow. NSTP

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had accepted Dr Maszlee Malik’s resignation as the Education Minister effective tomorrow.

In a brief statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr Mahathir said Maszlee tendered his resignation today.

“I thank him for his service during his tenure as a Cabinet member.

“I will announce his replacement soon,” he said.

Earlier, Maszlee had called a special press conference to announce his resignation.

He thanked Dr Mahathir for giving him the opportunity to lead the Education Ministry for the last 20 months.

In a statement, Maszlee said he made the decision to resign with a heavy heart.

“It (the post) was the best gift for me as an educator and academic activist,” he said.

“I would also like to state that my stand, undivided support and loyalty are to him (Dr Mahathir) and my party PPBM.”

Maszlee said he believed that he had established a firm foundation and a clear direction to be followed by the ministry staff.

“It (the direction) is contained and clearly defined by the phrase ‘Education for All’.”

He said the decision would mark a new beginning for him.

“Trust me, the country’s reformation will not succeed without taking the people’s welfare as its main priority.”

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