PKR should be reminded that former UMNO Deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin called the aimless-party “Dying” once as two ICU patients would be good for each other, even if they are working together and trying to capitalise on Muhyiddin as “Victim of UMNO”.
The Star story:
Monday, 1 August 2016
‘With Muhyiddin by our side, we’re stronger’
SHAH ALAM: Having former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic) joining forces with PKR to explain to the people about 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is a positive development, says Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
The PKR deputy president and Selangor Mentri Besar said it was the duty of Opposition leaders and civil societies to work together to explain the issue.
“By working together, we can become a formidable force,” he told the press after attending the state Warriors Day with Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah at the Selangor Memorial Monument here yesterday.
He said it was up to Muhyiddin to decide whether to join any party or not, as what was important was the cooperation to save the country and its economy.
He said a road show to explain the issue to the people would start soon.
In George Town, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said Muhyiddin should join one of the Pakatan Harapan parties to become the Opposition’s prime ministerial candidate.
“He must join Pakatan first. For us, he must be Pakatan’s choice,” he said.
The speculation about Muhyiddin assuming the role arose when former law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said Muhyiddin had the potential to be appointed as the new Opposition’s prime ministerial candidate, once he assumed leadership of the new party mooted by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Lim, however, said it was not up to him to decide on Muhyiddin’s candidature as it should be discussed among the Opposition parties.
Umno supreme council member Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani said the planned road show was of no consequence and would not affect the Government in any way.
“We cannot stop people from holding a nationwide tour.
“It has been done before, most of the issues were old issues and there is nothing new to be explained to the people.
“It would be better if they try to find the solutions.
“That is more important than talking about 1MDB for 365 days like there are no other issues,” he said.
The fact is Muhyiddin’s sacking as Deputy Prime Minister a year ago and from UMNO a few weeks back, did little repercussion to Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, his leadership and UMNO or even BN.
Unlike when Anwar Ibrahim was sacked 18 years ago next month, hardly any UMNO leaders at Cabinet, MT UMNO or Division level stood up for him.
Even outside UMNO, Muhyiddin has hardly any followings. Not amongst the Malays. Moreover, the Non Malays.
Muhyiddin is a Federal level leader who is unpopular in Sabah and Sarawak. Even in his home state Johor, hardly Johoreans are crying for his sacking.
Despite claiming to be “UMNO Totok”, the developments the past year are slowly pointing towards that he is not a force within or even outside UMNO to be reckoned with.