Beaufort MP Lajim Ukin today announced his resignation as Umno supreme council member, his remaining and most senior position in the party.

On Jun 18 Lajim, who is deputy housing and local government minister, relinquished his position as Kerambai Kebatu Umno branch chief and made public that he will not defend his position as Beaufort Umno division chief.

According to The Star online, Lajim (left in photo) will remain in his position as deputy minister and an ordinary party member.

Lajim added that he has no plans to join other parties, but was prepared to work with Pakatan Rakyat in Sabah's interest, the report said.

The move comes a day after Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddincalled on Lajim to quit Umno instead of waiting to be sacked.