Muhyiddin says he's not part of conspiracy to topple govt

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah say they have nothing to do with an alleged plot to topple the Government.

Muhyiddin said he would not bring down a government he helped build.

"That's just stupid," he told about 2,000 delegates at the Semporna Umno division meeting in Sabah yesterday.

Approached by reporters at an event in Taman Alam Sutera here, Razaleigh said he was not involved in the alleged conspiracy but was coy when asked if there indeed was such a plot.

"Maybe there is, maybe there is not," he replied on the sidelines of a Hari Raya celebration.

Both were responding to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's statement earlier at the Ampang Umno division meeting that an Umno and Barisan Nasional leader was trying to topple the Government.

Muhyiddin, who declined to answer reporters' questions if his remarks were in response to Dr Ahmad Zahid's, told delegates at the meeting that he was a party loyalist and would not do anything to sabotage it.

Muhyiddin was replaced as Deputy Prime Minister during a Cabinet reshuffle by the Prime Minister last month.

Dr Ahmad Zahid did not name the leader behind the plot but said the person was working with a large group.

He said the person was also trying to get politicians, including members of parliament from both sides of the political divide, to join him.

He said the person was enticing certain politicians to sign statutory declarations in a "backdoor" attempt to bring the Government down, adding that his information came from "a very reliable source".

"I know what is happening. That person is moving around, intent on overthrowing the Government," Dr Ahmad Zahid said.

He described the person as an Umno and Barisan leader who had been dibebaskan (released or let go) and was now working with 87 Opposition parliamentarians against the Government.

He did not elaborate on what he meant by "released or let go", but said the leader's identity would be "revealed on its own".

Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said he was not going to ignore the plot.

"I am not going to let it be," he told the crowd at Dewan Dato' Setia Mufti Shuib.

He said he also knew that lawyers for the group were preparing a seven-page memorandum, with statutory declarations, to prove they had majority support to topple the Government.

"They are impatient and cannot wait until the next general election and are trying to use the backdoor," he said.

Those involved were not only "backstabbing the party" but also "destroying the institution of democracy", Dr Ahmad Zahid added.

He called on loyal Umno members to unite against the threat.

At the Klang Umno division meeting later, Dr Ahmad Zahid challenged the person to deny the allegation publicly.

"If he is brave, he should deny the allegation in the media," he said.