KOTA KINABALU, July 31 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin has declined to comment on revocation of his appointment as Deputy Minister of Housing and Local Government effective immediately.
"I have no comments for the time being and will issue a statement at a suitable time," he said in a brief statement here today
The Prime Minister's Office statement today said that Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah has consented to the revocation of his appointment.
It was made under Clause (3) Article 43A read together with Clause (5) Article 43 of the Federal Constitution.
On Saturday, Lajim quit as Umno Supreme Council member and Beaufort division Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman with immediate effect.
The Sabah veteran politician who also quit as Beaufort Umno division chief however remained a member of Umno.
Meanwhile, Sabah BN secretary Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said the revocation of Lajim's appointment as deputy minister was timely.
"The Yang di-Pertuan Agong acted correctly. Now the prime minister has to study the scenario and decide to leave the post vacant or fill it."
Abdul Rahman who is Member of Parliament for Kota Belud said Lajim should not criticise Umno but still remain a party member.
Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) information chief Datuk Johnny Mositun said it is the prerogative of the prime minister to appoint or revoke the appointment.