PETALING JAYA: Citing the Malay uprising against the Malayan Union in 1946 that led to the formation of Umno, party deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the Malays in Johor will never back down from defending the land.
"History proved that Johoreans never back down from defending the sovereignty of the land where their blood flow," said Muhyiddin in a Facebook post on Friday.
Muhyiddin also posted a picture which he said showed Sir Harold MacMichael being summoned by late Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Abu Bakar in Johor in 1946. He pointed out that the picture showed the Johor Malays who fought against the establishment of the Malayan Union.
He added that this was done because they believed that the future of the nation must be freed from "the shackles and interference of foreigners".
"As written in history, Umno was founded on May 11, 1946, at Istana Besar, Johor Baru. I have been a member of Umno for the last 45 years," he said.
Muhyiddin said many quarters had urged him to deliver his message at the Umno general assembly this year, as it was an important gathering for Umno.
Earlier, Muhyiddin said that he has been prevented from speaking at the upcoming Umno general meeting during the customary winding up speech on the last day of the party's general assembly despite his position in the party.
His revelation came after Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor's recent announcement that there is no clause in the party's constitution that allowed all leaders to speak at the general assembly. Muhyiddin was sacked as deputy prime minister after highlighting issues related to 1Malaysia Development Bhd.