Former DPM says he's still the No. 2 in Umno

KUALA LUMPUR - Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said he is still Umno deputy president and Barisan Nasional deputy chairman despite losing the deputy prime minister's post.

As such, he can still contribute to win the people's support for Umno and Barisan.

During a press conference at his house here yesterday, Muhyiddin said he did not see the No. 2 position in Umno in jeopardy following his exit from the Cabinet.

He also said that he might have "problems" working with Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in the Government, but foresees no issues working with him in Umno.

"I have done the best for the party, whether it is to strengthen unity among members, the Malays and also for the people.

"I will continue doing this although I am no longer the deputy prime minister. There will be ­certain limitations since I am now without a government post."

Asked whether he would be sharing the same platform as Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Muhyiddin said it is necessary to meet the ­aspirations of the people.

"Dr Mahathir's views should not be disregarded. We should be open and should not be suspicious of anyone, including him," he added.

He asked the people not to delve too much on what had happened to him, saying: "What is important is that we work for the party and for the ­people.

"Party unity is important and I should not be involved in any attempts to cause friction.

"Ever since I became the deputy (Umno) president, there has never been a clash nor a crisis."

In another development, a leaked video of Muhyiddin purportedly recounting a conversation with Najib on 1MDB has gone viral.

Believed to be recorded on a mobile device on Tuesday, the 53-second video showed Muhyiddin sitting with several guests at his house.

They included Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir and Umno veteran Tan Sri Kadir Sheikh Fadzir.

When contacted, Kadir admitted to visiting Muhyiddin's house for "almost two hours", but declined to reveal what was discussed.

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