Update 1: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had been informed of Sulaiman resignation according to Malaysia Insider latest report.
The portal said clashes with former Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said and current boss Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen has also contributed to Sulaiman walking away from the ministry.
“It is also understood that his decision to quit is a form of protest over the appointment of former MAS Chief Datuk Seri Idris Jala to the Cabinet over him and other elected Sabah and Sarawak lawmakers from Barisan National,” Malaysia Insider added.
Earlier post. Datuk Seri Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Abdul Taib, who was speculated to have resigned as Deputy Tourism Minister, is still a deputy minister as far as Parliament is concerned, Deputy Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said today.
He said the Dewan Rakyat had yet to receive any formal resignation letter from Sulaiman, who was reported in The Malaysian Insider news portal today as having tendered his resignation letter to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak last month, citing poor health as the main reason for his decision to leave the federal administration.
“I saw him attending the parliamentary sitting last week and he still sat in his deputy minister’s chair,” he said when asked about the speculation.
He said that under normal circumstances, it was the prime minister’s perogative to inform the Dewan Rakyat once the resignation of a federal cabinet member was accepted to enable his chair to be rearranged and redesignated during sittings.
Meanwhile, Sulaiman, who is believed to be overseas, did not attend a dinner that he was scheduled to host for a visiting Sarawak delegation from the Farmers Development Council of the Batang Lupar and Bandar Kuching parliamentary constituencies in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.
Sulaiman, a Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Youth vice-president, is the son of Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, whom he replaced as the Kota Samarahan Member of Parliament after winning the seat in the 2008 general election. –Bernama