Dr M: I wanted to quit Petronas long before my sacking

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PETALING JAYA - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad claims he had put in his resignation from Petronas long before the Cabinet unanimously agreed to remove him as the company's advisor.

"Actually, I had resigned from Petronas quite some time ago. But Petronas refused to accept my resignation or the allowance which I sent back," said the former prime minister, adding that the company continued to deposit the allowance into his bank account.

"I resigned then because I did not think I should be a non-advising adviser and being paid for doing nothing," he said in a blog post on Monday.

Dr Mahathir was removed as Petronas advisor in a unanimous decision by the Cabinet last Friday.

The Prime Minister's Office had issued a statement saying that this was because Dr Mahathir no longer supported the current Government, and should therefore not hold any position related to it.

This follows the "citizens' declaration" signed by Dr Mahathir and others, including former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, former Kedah mentri besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir and DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, calling for Najib's removal as Prime Minister.

He added that there were some who did not want him involved with Proton or the Perdana Leadership Foundation as well.

Dr Mahathir also proposed a national "referendum" to assess the level of support for Najib as Prime Minister.

He said he would stop calling for Najib's resignation and making any other comments on any alleged wrongdoing if he lost the referendum.