A scheduled press conference by Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof later Friday (June 5) has sparked speculation that there will be further resignations in the Perikatan Nasional government.
However, a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia insider denied that Redzuan was holding the press conference to announce his resignation as a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.
“Because Pak Wan (Redzuan) has been with (Bersatu president) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin since GE14 and he will stay to the end. That’s the plan,” said the source who requested anonymity.
Earlier Friday (June 5), an invitation to a press conference at Redzuan’s official residence was disseminated to the media, but had no information on what its purpose would be.
According to the source, there were also fake invitations on press conferences sent to the media amid the intensifying infighting between former party chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s faction and Muhyiddin’s camp.
“They are trying to pit Redzuan against Muhyiddin,” the source added.
Another source, this one from Redzuan’s office, said most likely the press conference would have to take place later at 4.30pm for him to formally deny that he is resigning.
“We don’t know the impact of this yet. We might have to go ahead with the press conference to deny everything,” the source said.
The source also said that fake invites to the press conference were disseminated a week ago by an unknown party to fuel speculation that Redzuan was about to defect to Dr Mahathir’s faction.
“That is why a statement was issued last Friday to deny that the press conference would take place,” the source added.
Although Redzuan’s aide issued a statement denying a press conference would take place, the Alor Gajah MP admitted later in the day to meeting Dr Mahathir at the Perdana Leadership Foundation.
Rumours of another resignation from the Perikatan government has been rife, following the shock resignation of Datuk Shahruddin Md Salleh as a deputy minister, which is now supporting Dr Mahathir.
Shahruddin’s resignation means a narrowing majority for the Perikatan coalition, which had 112 MPs behind it if one goes by the seating arrangements in Parliament on May 18.
However, there seems to be some confusion over Shahruddin’s allegiance, as there are two different versions of his resignation letter disseminated to the media.
In one version, Shahruddin allegedly confessed he had made a mistake by supporting Perikatan, but in the other, he claimed he would remain a backbencher.