PETALING JAYA - Some Umno division leaders are tight-lipped over an apparent move to oust Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and a group of his supporters.
"There could be a plot, I don't know. I can't tell you. If there is, then there is," said Kepong Umno division chief Datuk Rizuan Hamid.
A Malay daily report quotes Sungai Besar Umno chief Datuk Jamal Yunos as saying that there is a plot to get rid of Muhyiddin and some other Umno leaders.
Jamal was quoted as saying that more than a hundred Umno division chiefs had attended closed-door talks on removing the Umno deputy president.
The topic was also discussed in a Telegram chat group comprising Umno division heads, but Jamal said he was puzzled as to how the matter was leaked to the media.
When contacted, Jamal said there was indeed a move to get rid of a group within the party but never mentioned Muhyiddin by name.
"If he thinks that he's one of them, then it could be," he said.
Although both Jamal and Rizuan did not refer to any individual, both took the opportunity to lash out at Muhyiddin for labelling grassroots leaders as "cowards".
"Muhyiddin's the one who is causing problems. He is the coward, not us. He wouldn't have been elected as deputy president if it weren't for us," said Rizuan,
At a forum held in Johor Bahru last week, Muhyiddin had called Umno leaders "cowards" for not speaking up.
Rizuan said the former deputy prime minister should have used proper channels in criticising the leadership, instead of an open forum.
Sharing the same sentiment, Jamal said Muhyiddin was a "hypocrite" for badmouthing the leadership outside the party.
Jasin Umno division chief Datuk Ahmad Hamzah, however, said he was not aware of such a move to oust Muhyiddin. "No I don't know anything about that," he said.