Former international trade and industry minister Mustapa Mohamed has quit Umno.

The Jeli lawmaker’s resignation comes as a shock as he was elected to the Umno supreme council member with the most number of votes during the party election in June.

Mustapa said he believed Umno must be inclusive and moderate, but this was not a trajectory that the party was taking for its revival.

“Considering this, after self-reflection and deep thought, I have taken the decision to resign as an Umno member after more than 40 years of serving the party,” he said in a statement tonight.

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