That was the Utusan Malaysia mast story, with the photo of Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin shaking hands at last night’s CIMB Open House at KL Hilton.
Yet, fifteen hours after this photo was shot, came the shocking news that Muhyiddin was sacked as the Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister. Four other Ministers got the boot (including one whose tenure-ship as a Senator expired) too in the Cabinet Reshuffle, announced minutes past one pm.
Zahid appointed DPM in new Cabinet line-up
28 JULY 2015 @ 2:12 PM KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has announced a Cabinet reshuffle that sees Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi appointed Deputy Prime Minister, as well as seven new ministers and nine new deputy ministers.
Speaking at a press conference in Putrajaya, which was telecast live on TV, Najib said the new line-up will strengthen the Cabinet to face challenges in managing the country before the 14th general election.
He said the decision to replace Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin with Zahid, as well as appointment of new ministers and changes in portfolio were taken after taking into account political considerations and administrative needs.
Najib said the Cabinet must act as a united team in whatever situation, and stay focused on the national agenda in the face of various issues that arise. “I can accept differences in opinion and criticisms as part of the decision-making process, but these differences in opinion should not be in an open forum that can affect the government negatively,” he said.
Najib said the decision to replace Muhyiddin is very difficult but necessary for the Cabinet to move as a united team. He also expressed gratitude to Muhyiddin and the ministers and deputy ministers who are no longer in the Cabinet, for their contribution to the country.
Highlights of the new Cabinet line-up, which takes effect July 29 2015, include:
• Prime Minister and Finance Minister: Datuk Seri Najib Razak
• Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
• Education Minister: Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid
• Transport Minister: Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai
• Health Minister: Datuk Seri Dr Subramaniam
• Tourism and Culture Ministry: Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdullah
• Defence Minister: Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein
• International Trade and Industry Minister: Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed
• International Trade and Industry Minister II: Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan
• Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister: Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili
• Natural Resources and Environment Minister: Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar
• Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister: Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas
• Agriculture & Agro-Based Industry Minister: Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek
• Rural and Regional Development Minister: Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob
• Second Finance Minister: Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah Foreign Minister: Datuk Seri Anifah Aman
• Science, Technology and Innovation Minister: Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau
• Women, Family and Community Development Minister: Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim
• Works Minister: Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof
• Human Resources Minister: Datuk Seri Richard Riot • Federal Territory Minister: Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor
• Education and Higher Learning Minister: Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh
• Youth and Sports Minister: Khairy Jamaluddin
• Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister: Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan
• Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Minister: Datuk Hamzah Zainudin
• Communication and Multimedia Minister: Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Salleh Keruak
• Minister in Prime Minister Office: Datuk Mah Siew Keong, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, Datuk Seri Idris Jala, Datuk Seri Joseph Kurup, Datuk Joseph Entulu anak Belaun, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, Datuk Paul Low, YB Nancy Shukri, Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar, Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, Datuk Seri Azalina Othman
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Prime Minister Najib did not mince his words about taking discern and even dissenting views. However, it should be made in a consultative fashion, within limited access of public consumption. This sacking also demonstrated that he is able to make decisive moves.
Meanwhile, Muhyiddin issued this last statement for being allowed to serve in the capacity of Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister the last six and a quarter years. He vowed to continue to serve the party.
YBHG TAN SRI DATO’ HJ MUHYIDDIN HJ MOHD YASSIN
Alhamdulillah, saya mengucapkan terima kasih kepada YAB Perdana Menteri kerana telah memberikan peluang kepada saya untuk berkhidmat dalam pentadbiran kerajaan persekutuan sebagai Timbalan Perdana Menteri bermula 10 April 2009.
Saya juga mengucapkan terima kasih kepada semua ketua-ketua jabatan, pegawai-pegawai kerajaan, pemimpin pertubuhan bukan kerajaan dan semua pihak yang telah menyokong saya sepanjang saya menjalankan tugas sebagai Timbalan Perdana Menteri.
Saya menerima keputusan YAB Perdana Menteri untuk menggugurkan saya daripada kabinet dengan hati yang terbuka. Saya menghormati kuasa prerogatif YAB Perdana Menteri untuk melantik dan menggugurkan mana-mana anggota kabinet.
Sebagai Timbalan Perdana Menteri, saya telah terlibat secara langsung dalam pembuatan dasar-dasar kerajaan dan melaksanakan tugas-tugas yang dipertanggungjawabkan kepada saya dengan penuh amanah. Selama saya berkhidmat, saya sentiasa mendokong semua dasar kerajaan dan menyokong kepimpinan YAB Perdana Menteri.
Kecuali dalam isu 1MDB, saya mempunyai prinsip dan pendirian saya sendiri dalam mempertahankan hak rakyat, nama baik parti dan kepentingan negara. Jika kerana pendirian saya dalam isu ini menyebabkan saya digugurkan daripada kabinet maka saya redha.
Saya akan sentiasa setia kepada perjuangan UMNO. Sebagai Timbalan Presiden UMNO, saya akan terus melaksanakan amanah yang telah dipertanggungjawabkan kepada saya dan mencurahkan khidmat bakti saya demi memperkukuhkan parti serta mengembalikan keyakinan orang Melayu dan rakyat kepada UMNO.
Kepada Allah saya berserah.
TAN SRI DATO’ HJ MUHYIDDIN HJ MOHD YASSIN
28 Julai 2015
In many ways, Muhyiddin saw this coming when he repeated his thoughts about the highly controversial Malaysian Government strategic investment corporation 1MDB outside within the closed door UMNO events. This time, at UMNO Cheras Division meeting on Sunday night, where he was aware that the media was there.
It is time for BN and especially UMNO members at any levels, to remain calm and not react to this.
The justification about sacking Muhyiddin as Prime Minister Najib puts it is very clear. One cannot be of discern and dissent thoughts and opinion but be very mindful where these thoughts and opinion are shared.
Prime Minister Najib unlike his liberal approach of allowing others to view their thoughts, he is eery serious about party discipline and toeing the party lines.
If there are UMNO members and supporters especially leaders are emotional and tend to be irrational about this, then the half deadish Opposition is looking this as a carpe diem moment.
This is the NST story on Muhyiddin’s statement:
Muhyiddin: I accept the decision
BY THARANYA ARUMUGAM
– 28 JULY 2015 @ 4:43 PM KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has given his assurance that he will continue to be loyal and serve Umno as the deputy president.
Muhyiddin, who has been dropped from the cabinet thanked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for giving him the opportunity to serve in the government as his deputy since April 10, 2009.
In a statement, he said he accepted the decision with an open heart. “I also thank all the heads of departments, government officials, non-governmental organisations and all those who have supported me throughout my tenure as the deputy prime minister.
“I accept this decision with an open heart and respect the prime minister’s prerogative to elect and drop any cabinet members,” he said in a statement issued on Facebook.
As the deputy prime minister, Muhyiddin said he had been directly involved in policy making and had carried out his duties responsibly.
“Ever since I stepped into the position, I had always supported all government policies and the leadership of the prime minister, except in the 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Bhd) issue where I have my own principles and stand in protecting the people’s rights, and the party’s as well as the nation’s good name.
“If my stand (on 1MDB) resulted in me being dropped from the cabinet, I accept it,” he said.
Muhyiddin stressed that he would always be loyal in championing Umno’s cause and would continue to carry out his responsibilities as Umno deputy president.
“I will go on serving the public to strengthen the party, as well as to enhance the Malay community’s confidence in Umno,” he added.
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The half-deadish and politically bankrupt Opposition already attempted to fish in troubled waters by quickly initiating to capitalise on this Cabinet Reshuffle. The wanted to moot a vote of no confidence at the Dewan Rakyat to throw Prime Minister Najib out.
The Star story:
Published: Tuesday July 28, 2015 MYT 4:05:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday July 28, 2015 MYT 4:57:09 PM
Cabinet reshuffle: Opposition MPs to move no-confidence vote against Najib
BY SIMON KHOO
PETALING JAYA: Opposition MPs will move a vote of no-confidence against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli (pic) said MPs from Barisan Nasional who loved the country should support the motion, together with MPs from PKR, DAP and Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB).
“We have not set any time frame to table the motion which can be done in the next Parliament sitting or outside.
“Of course, we need the numbers and that is why we are making an open invitation to all MPs, including those from Barisan Nasional.
“If we sit down and wait for Umno to do it, it would never happen,” he said during a press conference here on Tuesday.
A total of 17 MPs from the three parties signed a joint statement, read out by GHB leader Mohamad Sabu.
In the statement, the MPs proposed to set up a transition government and to appoint an interim prime minister to govern for a year, before the next general elections was called.
The MPs agreed to appoint an elder statesman to replace Najib which could be from any parties, including Umno.
Several terms are also included namely reforming important institutions to ensure a fair elections, resolving pressing issues such as 1MDB and bring those guilty to book and a revision of economic policies which are a burden to the people.
It is learnt a delegation will be formed to start meeting certain MPs and convince them to support the motion.
To a question why PAS MPs were not in the list, Mohamad Sabu said the question should be posed to the Islamist party.
However, he said PAS was welcomed to support the motion so that there could be “finality to the full blown crisis.”
DAP MP Tony Pua said there should be a new alignment of progressive leaders and that all political players must join hands in line with a new political culture.
He said there must not be any partisan politics and voters should demand their respective MPs to support the motion to remove Najib.
“The situation now is akin to a repeat of the leadership crisis in 1998.
“The Opposition MPs will not take it lying down if there are attempts to put us behind bars and suppress press freedom,” he said, adding that the country should not be made to suffer due to one person’s attempts to hang on to power.
The MPs also issued a warning to the Government of people taking to the streets should it happen.
They will also be supporting a rally to be organised by Bersih soon.
It is quite clear Barisan Nasional MPs are with Prime Minister Najib. The Cabinet Reshuffle set to bring a further transformation to already several transformation plans wheels set in motion and steaming up along the set rail lines.
Most importantly, everyone should think strategically and not pander into their emotions, and continue to remain calm. Especially two days before British Prime Minister David Cameron comes to town.