Deputy works minister Shahruddin Salleh said he is prepared to resign his ministerial post if it means to strengthen and save the party.
He said he hoped the president Muhyiddin Yassin and Mahathir, whose membership had been nullified last week along with 4 other MPs in favor of Pakatan Harapan (PH) could be united once again in the name of the party.
He said he met Mahathir after the decision to sack the former leader.
“I asked Tun, did Tun really join the opposition party? ‘Never’,” he said.
“I do not want PPBM to be weak because we are split and fighting. I also don’t want to see PPBM dead and forgotten.”
“I want to see PPBM to remain strong. My love for PPBM outweighs my love for Tun and TSMY (Muhyiddin). ”
Shahruddin added that he would remain with PPBM and the Perikatan Nasional government.
But, responding on rumors that he had shifted his direction, Shahruddin said he would do so if it could strengthen the party.
“If I had to leave friends in Perikatan Nasional and go back to Pakatan Harapan and there is a guarantee that PPBM will become strong and alive, then I will be ready to do that.”
Shahruddin also said there would be questions about what would be at stake for the PPBM in the next 15th general election (GE15).
“I am a Sri Gading MP. Will the Perikatan Nasional or the Pakatan Harapan provide an easy path for the PPBM candidates to contest in the Sri Gading parliamentary constituency in the GE15?
“Is PPBM safer in the Perikatan Nasional or in Pakatan Harapan?”
Meanwhile, former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he had no reason to reject Pakatan Harapan, despite rumours that DAP is taking over the ruling coalition.
He said the DAP would not be able to control PH as he would not allow it.
“I, as prime minister may not agree with any proposal that does not give consideration to all parties, especially the Malays,” he said in a meeting, which photo was spotted making its round on social medias.
Those who were in the picture; including Muhyiddin, Umno President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang.
Mahathir said during the meeting, they discussed PPBM’s proposal to leave PH, but he advised for it to be carefully considered.
“Finally, they agreed to give me time to agree to their proposal. Even Muhyiddin gave me a week to make a decision.
“However, it appears that they are already planning to release the Pakatan Harapan.
“After the meeting at my house, the leaders of the party went to the Palace to meet the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.”
He said he did not go to the Palace because he wanted to think about it.
Although earlier, he said Muhyiddin had met him personally many times to ask him to agree with PPBM’s proposal to leave PH.
“I didn’t reject him at all, I just said I would think about it,” he said, adding that he was surprised by the proposal.
“But I did not agree to leave because at that time, I thought I was from the winning Pakatan Harapan party in the struggle to oust (former prime minister) Najib Razak.
“So, I think it is strange for the PPBM to help oust Najib, to propose to work with Najib.”
Mahathir said he did not agree with PPBM’s proposal to abandon PH, despite the allegation that the coalition was led by DAP.
2nd June 2020 18:44
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