PETALING JAYA: The office of Datuk Seri Redzuan Md Yusof has denied that he will be holding a press conference on Friday (May 29), amid rumours that he would be quitting from the Cabinet.
The political secretary of the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department said it viewed the “viral” information seriously about the press conference that was supposedly to be held at the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) headquarters in Petaling Jaya at 5pm.
“The office denies the viral news and no press conference will be held by the minister’s office. This is because the minister is currently undergoing quarantine, ” he said in a press statement on Friday.
Several messages of an ad-hoc press conference by Redzuan and Deputy Works Minister Datuk Shahruddin Mohd Salleh had gone viral earlier.
This had fuelled talk that the Bersatu duo would be announcing their resignation from their positions, pushing the nation towards another political crisis, less than three months after a change of government.
This followed attempts by Bersatu to remove Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and four other Bersatu MPs from the party on Thursday (May 28).
Dr Mahathir himself had earlier made a surprise visit to the Bersatu headquarters on Friday, where he insisted in a press conference that he was still the party chairman.
The former prime minister and four other Bersatu MPs were issued a letter on Thursday (May 28), informing them that their membership in the party had been terminated following their move to sit in the Opposition bench during the Dewan Rakyat meeting on May 18.
Bersatu executive secretary Kapt (R) Muhammad Suhaimi Yahya had issued the letters to Dr Mahathir, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Dr Maszlee Malik and Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah, stating that their membership had been terminated with immediate effect, because they were not seated with Perikatan Nasional during the one-day meeting.
On May 18, Dr Mahathir led the four MPs to sit with the Opposition bloc in protest of Bersatu having joined hands with former rival MPs to form the Perikatan government.
Muhyiddin and Dr Mahathir have fallen out after the former succeeded him as the eighth Prime Minister when Dr Mahathir resigned as prime minister.
The Pakatan Harapan government collapsed on Feb 24, leading to the formation of Perikatan when Bersatu joined hands with Barisan Nasional, PAS and former Barisan coalition partners.