AS tremors continue to trouble Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s grip on both the federal government and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), a new leaked video adds further speculation as to his dwindling support base.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (special tasks) Redzuan Yusof and Deputy Works Minister Shahrudin Mohd Salleh were yesterday said to have arranged a press conference speculated as to announce their resignations from Muhyiddin’s Cabinet, which never happened.
Redzuan’s office issued a statement stating that reports of the scheduled press conference were false. Shahrudin remained silent.
However, in this video, Alor Gajah MP Redzuan and Sri Gading MP Shahrudin are seen to have met estranged Bersatu chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the party chairman’s office.
This lends credence to speculation of Muhyiddin’s dwindling support base, already questioned by opposition following the political coup he led to wrest power from Pakatan Harapan on March 1.
As yet it is only speculated that the opposition bloc led by KEADILAN president Anwar Ibrahim and Dr Mahathir have gained the support of between 117 and 129 MPs to regain power lost through an unprecedented political coup that saw Muhyiddin’s Bersatu camp and 10 rogue PKR MPs led by Gombak MP Azmin Ali cross over to form and alliance with Umno-led Barisan Nasional, PAS and GPS, to form a loose coalition called Perikatan Nasional.
Dr Mahathir and four other Bersatu MPs in his camp are battling a controversial and legally disputed sacking by Muhyiddin’s appointed executive secretary Suhaimi Yahya, while Muhyiddin continues to evade confrontation and public dialogue over matters pertaining to the legitimacy of his actions.
Dr Mahathir’s presence at the Bersatu headquarters in Petaling Jaya yesterday was to call on those who sacked him to do it to his face, but none of the Muhyiddin camp appeared. Instead, the Muhyiddin-appointed secretary general Hamzah Zainuddin held a separate press conference in a different room of the building.