Deputy federal territories minister Edmund Santhara has rubbished rumours that he is leaving Bersatu, saying he has been busy serving his constituents and has “no time for cheap politics”.
Earlier today, the Segamat MP was the subject of speculation after a viral message on WhatsApp indicated he was leaving the Perikatan Nasional component party but would continue supporting prime minister and party mate Muhyiddin Yassin.
“Nope,” he replied when contacted by FMT and asked whether he had left Bersatu.
“Some people want me to leave Bersatu. Irresponsible people distribute fake leads.”
He said similar rumours had spread earlier this year that he was to be replaced as deputy minister but, ultimately, this did not happen.
Bersatu information chief Wan Saiful Wan Jan said he too had heard nothing about the deputy minister’s departure.
“I called Edmund after (I heard the rumour) just to check.
“He said he had no idea where the story came from and that he’s not leaving.”
Edmund has been the topic of much scrutiny since March when it emerged that he had taken 55 days’ leave to visit his family in New Zealand.
He denied allegations that he had skipped out on his duties, stating that both Muhyiddin and his immediate boss, federal territories minister Annuar Musa, had approved his leave request. – FMT