Kedah executive council member V. Arumugam has resigned from his post but will remain as Bukit Selambau assemblyman, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak said Monday.

Announcing the matter, Azizan said, Arumugam had sent a letter to the Sultan of Kedah, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, stating that he was resigning the post of executive councillor for domestic trade and consumer affairs, Siam community affairs, unity, plantation workers and Indian community affairs.

“The letter is sent from Kuala Lumpur to the office of the Sultan of Kedah at the Wisma Darul Aman and it should have been received today,” he told a news conference.

Azizan said he was informed by an aide that Arumugam had conveyed to him the decision to relinquish the post.

“Arumugam told him that he is relinquishing the post due to personal reasons and that it has nothing to do with Pas leadership,” said Azizan.

“I tried to contact Arumugam after that but he could not be reached. I was not given the copy of the letter,” said Azizan, who is Kedah Pas commissioner.

He said that Arumugam had sent the resignation letter to the Sultan of Kedah because his appointment was made by the sultan.

Azizan said that Arumugam’s former portfolio could be filled by any of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) assemblymen as the post had been allocated to the party.

Apart from Bukit Selambau, PKR controls four other state seats namely Lunas, Bakar Arang, Sidam and Kulim.