Speculation is running rife that Proton’s deputy chief executive officer Datuk Lukman Ibrahim has reportedly resigned from the company, with Utusan and Sinar Harian among those reporting on the matter. If he is indeed resigning, it’ll be the second time he’s doing so.

Back in late July last year, he announced his resignation from Proton, citing personal reasons, but rescinded that decision shortly after to continue on in his current post. With the previous resignation, an official announcement was made by Proton on the matter. This time around, there’s nothing of that sort – the company has neither confirmed or denied anything, merely responding with a ‘no comment’ reply to questions on the subject.

Lukman was appointed to the deputy CEO post at Proton on May 1, 2012, shortly after DRB-Hicom took over control of the national carmaker. Prior to the appointment, he was DRB-Hicom’s group chief operating officer.

Just over a week ago, Lukman spoke to about the automaker’s export plans and performance, as well as on the upcoming P2-30A Global Small Car and the general improvements that have been made at Proton of late. If there’s any truth to the matter, it begs the question as to who will replace him.