Update: 10pm - The PM has rejected Zaid Ibrahim's quit letter
De facto Law Minister Zaid Ibrahim is said to have quit his Cabinet post - just a day after speaking up against the use of the Internal Security Act. He had led the chorus of protest, saying he was prepared to quit as minister if he is considered to have broken the ranks. The resignation letter is said to have been sent to the PM's Office at 2pm but there has been no confirmation from the man himself. Efforts to trace Zaid has not been successful but the news rooms of media organisations have been alerted of his decision since 1pm. Zaid appears to have put in his letter before the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, where he is expected to face criticism from his Cabinet colleagues. The liberal and reformist minded politician has often spoken privately to his reporters of his frustrations in getting support for his plans to reform the laws and constitution. To some Umno leaders, he was never in favour because he did not campaign during the March 8 elections but was rewarded with a Cabinet post for his absence. Zaid's resignation would put Pak Lah in a tight spot as he had gone against the protest of Umno members when he picked him as a Cabinet member. But Zaid, a founder member of Aliran, is known for his liberal views and has never bothered about the need to win grassroots support in the party. Now that he is out of the party, we can expect Zaid to even speak louder.