KOTA KINABALU: Kuala Langat Member of Parliament (MP) Datuk Xavier Jayakumar today announced his resignation as party vice-president and member, expressing support for the Perikatan Nasional government as an independent.
“Throughout my career as a politician, I have been with PKR since 1998,” he said in a statement released through social media.
However, he said following the events that had unfolded in this past year, he had grown extremely frustrated.
The former water, land and natural resources minister also questioned whether calls for an early general election are necessary or viable at this juncture.
“The priority should be to support the government in containing the Covid-19 pandemic, to create jobs, and to secure funds to rebuild the economy.
“It will take at least 18 months just to complete the vaccination programme, and more than two years for the economy to fully recover.”
Endorsing the PN administration, he said the government’s efforts need bipartisan support to ensure they are realised.
“The people want stability, and to restart our ailing economic sectors.
“Towards this, we need to work together, not against one another.”
Announcing his resignation with immediate effect, Xavier said he will continue to serve his constituency and support the government as an independent MP.
“I am confident that I will fulfill my election promises to the people of Kuala Langat.”
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