By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, June 4: Datuk Shahruddin Md Salleh is believed to have tendered his resignation from his ministerial post as Deputy Works Minister.
According to national daily The Star citing a post tagged to Shahruddin’s Facebook post, the Sri Ganding MP felt that he had made a mistake by joining the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government led by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
“I should have placed priority by considering my voters in Sri Ganding parliamentary constituency who chose Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the 14th general election.
“As my first step in correcting this mistake, I therefore resign, as I was posted to this position (Deputy Works Minister) by the Prime Minister of Perikatan,” Shahruddin who was former secretary general of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) is reported to have revealed.
The report also noted the existence of another letter circulating on social media purportedly from Shahruddin to Muhyiddin, revealing the former remains as Perikatan backbencher.
Earlier on June 2, it was reported that Shahruddin wanted Bersatu to remain strong and had thrown his support behind Bersatu and its leaders.
“If I am required to quit my position as the Deputy Works Minister, I will quit, to strengthen Bersatu, so I will be able to focus on the party,” he highlighted in a statement.
“If I have to leave my friends in PN and return to PH with an assurance that Bersatu will remain strong and survive, then I am prepared to do so.”
Shahruddin is also believed to have met with his party’s former chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on May 30 and was supposed to face the press over his resignation, but he did not show up at the Bersatu headquarters.
At present, Muhyiddin who is Bersatu’s president is in loggerheads with Dr Mahathir over control of the party. — DayakDaily