Shahruddin expected to announce exit from Perikatan

PETALING JAYA: Deputy Works Minister and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia's Sri Gading MP Datuk Shahruddin Md Salleh is expected to leave the Perikatan Nasional government and throw his support behind Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Sources said that Shahruddin will be announcing his exit from Muhyiddin's camp in a press conference via Facebook Live at 4pm on Thursday (June 4).

This follows speculation that Shahruddin, a former political secretary of Muhyiddin, defecting to Dr Mahathir's camp last week.

On June 2, Shahruddin said he wanted to see the party remain strong and his love for Bersatu was above any leaders, including party president Muhyiddin or its former chairman Dr Mahathir, who are currently in a political tussle.

"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 said in a statement.

"If I have to leave my friends in Perikatan Nasional and return to Pakatan Harapan with an assurance that Bersatu will remain strong and survive, then I am prepared to do so," added Shahruddin.

Earlier, on May 30, Shahruddin had met with Dr Mahathir and was supposed to meet the press on his resignation, but he failed to show up at the Bersatu headquarters.

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