Shahruddin resigns from Perikatan Nasional govt

I should have prioritised the Sri Gading voters who chose PH at GE14, says MP

by AFIQ AZIZ/ pic credit: Facebook

DEPUTY Works Minister Datuk Dr Shahruddin Md Salleh (picture) announced his resignation from the Cabinet post yesterday.

The Sri Gading MP from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia said he had erred in his decision to join the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government as he was elected under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) banner.

“The first step to correct this mistake, I hereby resign (from the position) as I was appointed by the prime minister (PM) under the PN administration,” Shahruddin said in a statement yesterday.

“I should have prioritised the Sri Gading voters who chose PH at the 14th General Election (GE14),” he added.

Prior to this, Shahruddin said he was prepared to vacate his post if it meant to strengthen Bersatu.

Shahruddin was PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s political secretary from 1998 until 2009.

He was also Bersatu’s first secretary general before succeeded by Datuk Marzuki Yahya two years later.

Shahruddin’s exit leaves the PN government with a single-seat majority, the first in the nation’s history.

During the half-day Parliament sitting on May 18, only 114 MPs sat with the government bloc, but Sri Aman MP Datuk Masir Kujat later clarified that he is still with the Opposition bloc.

Bersatu’s political tussle continues with those who are not aligned with Muhyiddin’s camp being sacked from their posts.

Marzuki was sacked from his post as the Penang chief, on top of his earlier removal as the secretary general.

Another supreme council member Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi and Kedah deputy chief Anuar Abdul Hamid were also sacked yesterday.

Separately, Datuk A Kadir Jasin said the Supreme Council meeting scheduled last night was “invalid”, stating that only chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad can call for the council to meet.

In rejecting the invitation to attend the meeting, A Kadir also said not all Bersatu’s Supreme Council members were invited, making the meeting a disorganised affair.

A Kadir maintains his stand that five Bersatu members, whose membership has been revoked, are still legitimate party members.

The sacked members include Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, Syed Saddiq Syed Abd Rahman, Dr Maszlee Malik and Dr Mahathir himself.