PETALING JAYA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia has sacked Sri Gading MP Datuk Shahruddin Md Salleh from the party after he notified the Dewan Rakyat that he could no longer sit with the government bloc in Parliament.
Bersatu secretary-general Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin said that Shahruddin had informed the Dewan Rakyat Speaker on July 10 of his decision to no longer sit with the Perikatan Nasional government bloc led by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who is also the Bersatu president and acting chairperson.
“Bersatu thanks him for all his contributions during his time with the party, ” Hamzah said in a statement on Sunday (July 19).
Hamzah also issued a warning to other Bersatu members who supported former party leaders against participating in campaigns meant to damage the party’s image.
He added that the party would not hesitate to take strict disciplinary action against any members that breached the party’s constitution.
Shahruddin had resigned as Deputy Works Minister in June following talk that he had switched his allegiance to former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
In May, Dr Mahathir and four other Bersatu MPs were sacked from the party for sitting in the Opposition bench during the May 18 parliamentary meeting.
Perikatan now has 113 MPs and the Opposition has 109.