PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin may lose his role as the Perikatan chairman following the coalition’s deputy chairman Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang’s move in meeting with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad, says Datuk Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
The former Sabah chief minister said the move that surprised many political quarters was understandable, adding that it was to keep the green wave momentum.
He also said that Abdul Hadi was leveraging Dr Mahathir's vast experience as he had led the country twice as prime minister.
“We cannot blame the PAS supremo (Abdul Hadi) for choosing Dr Mahathir because the political track record of Dr Mahathir is far more impressive.
“Abdul Hadi is determined to keep what PAS has gained during the recent state and general elections,” he said on Facebook on Friday (Sept 22).
On Sept 4, four mentri besar of Perikatan-led states had a meeting with Dr Mahathir and have agreed in principle to form a strategic cooperation and investments group called State Government Four (SG4).
Salleh also said that Muhyiddin was unlikely to take the matter lightly and there could be a possibility that he would look for other political options.
“I believe that just like Dr Mahathir, Muhyiddin also believes that in politics there is no permanent enemy.
“He is still the Bersatu president. He has to rely on himself to safeguard his political interests and ambitions,” he added.