UMNO Deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin said that he would continue to serve the party business as usual and his position is not being threatened, despite he was dropped by Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak in a Cabinet reshuffle announced less than 24 hours ago.
The Star story:
Published: Wednesday July 29, 2015 MYT 12:45:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday July 29, 2015 MYT 1:55:00 PM
Position as Umno deputy president not under threat, says Muhyiddin
BY M. KUMAR
KUALA LUMPUR: Despite his removal as deputy prime minister on Tuesday, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin sees no threat to his position as Umno deputy president.
He said he did not expect anything “unusual” to happen during the party’s supreme council meeting scheduled for Friday.
By convention, the deputy prime minister’s post has been held by Umno’s deputy president, with the party’s president as prime minister.
“I have been here for a long time and I have always fulfilled my duties in the party.
“No, I don’t think my position is under threat,” he told reporters at press conference in his house in Bukit Damansara here, Wednesday.
Muhyiddin, who was also dropped as Education Minister, said he did not regret his actions leading up to his removal from the Cabinet.
“I did what I had to do as I have been trusted by the people. If I did not do my duties, that means I have breached that trust.
“It was the right thing to do even if what I said was spicy for some,” he said.
Muhyiddin also reiterated that he accepted his dropping from the Cabinet with an open heart.
This is far different compared the two notable former Deputy Prime Ministers who left prematurely in the Malaysian history.
One was sacked for “Very reasons” as he was found involved in ‘unnatural sexual activities’ and immediately launched a mobstreet movement ‘Reformasi’ to instigate the rakyat to rise against then Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.
The other left and circulated a personal letter to the same Prime Minister and UMNO President to all UMNO State Liaisons Chiefs and MT UMNO members, citing that he was unable to carry on working as suspicion has been raised against him and his “Musa’s boys of being very ambitious”.
Both attempted to ‘revolt’ against creating traction. One was just within UMNO where Musa Hitam managed to convince Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah to team up together and challenge Dr. Mahathir-Ghaffar Baba in the April 1987 party elections.
The other was getting the masses to be riled up against Dr. Mahathir led administration with the cry of “Cronysim victimised Anwar who fights for the people”.
However, both of them failed and the UMNO President came out triumphant and even stronger then before the challenges.
It is unsure how UMNO President Prime Minister Najib could manage the current issues and the outcome of this challenge.