7 Mar – Ahmad Idham and Eizlan Yusoff are hoping for answers after they were abruptly terminated from their positions as Secretary of Culture and Creative Consultant under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (KLN), respectively.
The two actors, who were appointed to their said positions in November last year, revealed that the contract termination letters arrived on Monday, 28 February, though the letters themselves were dated 23 February.
"In the letter, it was not stated as to why our services were terminated. We were also never called or received a warning letter stating if we have committed any offence while on duty," said Idham.
He further stressed that they were not trying to offend anybody by holding a press conference to talk about the subject, but that they wondered what went wrong for them to receive the letters that way without going through the supposed procedures.
"We want to clarify the truth so that there is no speculation or accusations from others. There are definitely those who try to take advantage of this confusion," Idham added.
Prior to their KLN appointments, Idham was the CEO of the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) while Eizlan held the portfolio of Industry Affairs, Welfare and Industry Data in FINAS. He was also the Chairman of the Compulsory Screening Scheme Committee (Skim Wajib Tayang) of the same agency.
It is noted that Foreign Minister Datuk Sri Saifuddin Abdullah has declined to comment on the reason for termination, having announced it a few days earlier.