Shahruddin Salleh’s resignation as the deputy works minister today has raised uncertainties over Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s grip on power, with the possibility of his razor-thin government being removed.
Muhyiddin held a two-seat majority before today but with Shahruddin’s resignation, the number is now down to one.
Once touted as a Muhyiddin loyalist, Shahruddin had a brief meeting with former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today.
The meeting took place just after news about Shahruddin’s resignation was made public.
The Sri Gading MP confirmed his resignation to the media but sidestepped questions on his support for the Perikatan government.
“Lain kali jawab soalan media (I will answer questions from the media next time),” he said.
A 51-second video of Shahruddin’s meeting with the Bersatu co-founder was posted on Dr Mahathir’s Twitter account, with the caption “Selamat Kembali (Welcome back)”.
Selamat kembali. pic.twitter.com/WUjnsMhi7d
— Dr Mahathir Mohamad (@chedetofficial) June 4, 2020
Posted with it were images of Dr Mahathir in meetings with Warisan president Mohd Shafie Apdal, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and organising secretary Anthony Loke.
A China Press news report earlier today stated that the Dr Mahathir-Anwar Ibrahim group has the support of 130 MPs, enough to form a new government.
The report also stated that Anwar will be the new prime minister with Shafie as his deputy.