Deputy minister quits post to address ‘mistake’ of joining PN

Shahruddin Salleh says he wants to rectify his mistake of joining Perikatan Nasional by quitting his deputy minister’s post.

PETALING JAYA: PPBM’s Shahruddin Md Salleh today announced his resignation as the deputy works minister, becoming the first MP from the three-month-old Perikatan Nasional government to quit the ruling alliance.

The Sri Gading MP’s statement today ends days of speculation on his political loyalty since joining Muhyiddin Yassin to form an alliance with Barisan Nasional, PAS, GPS and other MPs to form a new government following the collapse of Pakatan Harapan last February.

Shahruddin said he had made an “incorrect” move in joining the PN government, adding that he should have considered his constituents who “voted for Pakatan Harapan” in the 14th general election.

“As the first step to correct this mistake, I am resigning from my post as I was appointed by the prime minister of the PN government,” he said.

On Monday, Shahruddin expressed hope that both Muhyiddin and Dr Mahathir Mohamad could close ranks and strengthen PPBM.

This was after the party membership of Mahathir and four other MPs was declared void by PPBM, after they joined the opposition bloc during the May 18 Dewan Rakyat sitting.

“I do not want to see PPBM become weak because we are split and fighting. I also do not want to see PPBM dead and forgotten,” Shahruddin had said.

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