UMNO Pontian Division Chief Dato’ Ir. Hasni Mohamad’s speech at the AGM in Pontian today was not actually accurate in giving the right perspective, which is impeding on the controversy especially amongst Johoreans on the sacking of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin from Cabinet.
Pro-Anwarista portal story:
Najib used Whatsapp to decide Cabinet reshuffle, says Pontian Umno chief
BY MD IZWAN
Published: 16 August 2015 7:40 PM
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak bypassed the Umno Supreme Council and simply used mobile messaging app Whatsapp to decide whether he should reshuffle the Cabinet, Pontian Umno division chief Datuk Ir. Hasni Mohammad said today.
He said on the eve of the reshuffle, the administrator of a Whatsapp group comprising Umno division chiefs asked what they thought of such a move.
“One day before the Cabinet was reshuffled, the division chiefs shared their views over whether it was necessary or not.
“The Whatsapp group administrator said if 150 agreed, the president would do it,” Hasi said during the division’s annual general meeting this evening.
Hasni criticised such methods, saying that such an important decision should have been discussed at the party’s highest levels, the Umno supreme council or the state liaision committee.
He said the matter was aggravated by several division chiefs in the Whatsapp group who felt they were superior because of their close ties to Najib.
“Some divisions chiefs had only met the president once or twice. In fact, in the group there are division chiefs who thought they are really big and could punish other division chiefs.
“They can even punish me if my statement offends the president,” he said.
Last month’s Cabinet reshuffle saw Najib remove his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and several other ministers from the executive branch of the government, presumably over their criticism regarding debt-laden 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
Hasni said Najib was wrong to have stripped Muhyiddin of his Cabinet post, adding that the decision was unacceptable given Muhyiddin’s high post in the party. Muhyiddin is the deputy president of Umno.
“We Johor Umno support the Cabinet reshuffle, but we do not support Tan Sri’s removal from the Cabinet,” he said.
“We are hurt by Tan Sri’s dismissal. We are very hurt.” – August 16, 2015.
First of all, it was not on the What’sApp mobile application. It was on Telegram. What’sApp is unable to contain all the number of UMNO Division Chiefs, which is 191 of them.
Second point, it was not Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak who called on all these UMNO Division Chiefs through Telegram to sought their opinion. It was amongst themselves.
Third point, the idea was on their support for a “Cabinet Reshuffle”, thrown into the privileged group. 151 of them supported if Prime Minister Najib was to do a Cabinet Reshuffle.
Fourth, the nation has been pressing on Prime Minister Najib to have a Cabinet Reshuffle and it was done timely. If political isn’t a good excuse than the objectivity of half term review (the 13th Parliamanentary term is almost half way) and the 11 Malaysia Plan has just been released.
Amongst those who were sacked are Former Minister of Rural and Regional Development Dato’ Sri Mohd. Shafie Apdal and Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumerism Dato’ Sri Hassan Malek. Let us not be reminded the cock-ups and scandals these two did, which the common people is anguish.
In making an omelette, one has to break the eggs. It is impossible otherwise. Same goes with the Cabinet. If it needs to be reshuffled, then some of the office bearers must leave and new faces are brought in.
Probably Hasni was misled in believing that if 150 UMNO Division Chiefs would not support the notion, then Prime Minister Najib would not have done it.
What is certain, Hasni needed the drama to canvass the moral and emotional support of his friend and former Boss, Muhyiddin. However, his facts was a little bit thin.