KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s education minister Maszlee Malik on Thursday (Jan 2) surprisingly resigned from his position. A move that may indicate a shakeup Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s reshuffling speculations.

Maszlee Malik, 45, a member of Mahathir’s nationalist Malaysian United Indigenous Party (Bersatu), said in a press statement that he was asked by the prime minister to step down, and did so with “a willing yet heavy heart”. This after months of numerous criticisms since becoming a minister in the Pakatan Harapan government.

Dr. Maszlee said he remains loyal to his party and the Pakatan Harapan government and views the prime minister’s decision as “for the best interest of the country”.

The education ministry is one of the largest ranges in the cabinet, covering from pre-school education all the way to universities.

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