No change in support for Muhyiddin despite deputy minister’s resignation

The Perikatan Nasional government continues to enjoy majority support in the Dewan Rakyat despite a ruling MP’s decision to step down as deputy minister.

PETALING JAYA: The resignation of Shahruddin Md Salleh as the deputy works minister in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government will not affect the alliance’s strength in the Dewan Rakyat.

FMT has learnt that the PPBM MP, who said he made a mistake in joining Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s administration following the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government last February, has made it clear that he wants to remain as a government backbencher.

“Despite not being part of the government, he will support Muhyiddin as prime minister,” said a source close to the Sri Gading MP.

Earlier, 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.

News of his resignation was welcomed by Pakatan Harapan leaders and supporters, many of whom said it was a sign that the former ruling coalition would return to federal power.

“Only one (seat) majority. We will be back,” PKR’s Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil posted on Twitter.

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