IPOH: Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah has been planning to eventually step down from all his political positions, but his sudden decision to do so on Monday caught even his two proteges by surprise.
Tambun Umno deputy chief Datuk Aminuddin Md Hanafiah said he was not surprised by Ahmad Husni’s decision, but for him to even quit his division post came as a shock.
“He is a grassroots leader and an iconic member for some here. He has been the division leader in Tambun for 23 years.
“He is close to our hearts. Some of us are still hoping he will retract some of his resignations,” said Aminuddin, who is also the Hulu Kinta assemblyman.
Aminuddin added that he had learnt much from Ahmad Husni and wanted to meet him to discuss the division’s future.
“We need to give him some space. People down there (division members) need some clarification. We will discuss and see the outcome.
“They are shocked. That’s why I want to see him,” he said, adding that if Ahmad Husni was steadfast in his decision, the division would have to deal with this and move on.
The former second finance minister resigned from all of his party posts – as Umno and Barisan Nasional treasurer as well as Tambun division chief and several other positions in Perak Umno.
State Women’s Development, Family, Community Welfare, Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Rusnah Kassim said she also did not expect Ahmad Husni to let go of all his positions at once.
The Behrang assemblyman said Ahmad Husni had spoken to her before the 13th general election and expressed a desire to let go of all his positions.
“But he did not want to let go just like that and wanted his replacements to be ready. I salute him because he kept his word.
“He didn’t just let go but made sure his committee was taught well. I just didn’t expect him to do it so soon,” said Rusnah after giving away goodies and cheques to 22 orphanages here yesterday.
Rusnah, who was formerly Hulu Kinta assemblyman, described Ahmad Husni’s resignation as a big loss to the party and Government because he was always thinking about the people and his work.
“He goes down often to meet the people in his constituency… he is one person who doesn’t know what exhaustion means.”