No discussion on Muhyiddin at Umno meeting

KUALA LUMPUR: The Umno supreme council meeting did not discuss whether or not to sack deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Deputy Prime Minister and Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi confirmed that only housekeeping matters were discussed ahead of the general assembly today.

“No issues on disciplinary action was discussed. So, the president, deputy president and the vice-presidents are still the same people. This is what has been decided,” he told reporters after the meeting last night.

Dr Ahmad Zahid also confirmed that only party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak would be doing the winding-up speech on the last day of the assembly.

This means that both Muhyiddin and vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal will not be allowed to speak.

By convention, the winding-up speeches are done by the wing leaders, the three vice-presidents, treasurer, secretary-general, deputy president and the president.

Asked if the disciplinary committee was still probing Muhyiddin’s speech on Monday night, Dr Ahmad Zahid said: “We will leave it to the secretary-general to issue an announcement.”

Party secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor had said on Tuesday that Muhyiddin crossed the line with his speech and that a special Umno committee would look at the video and refer the matter to the disciplinary board.

Met by reporters, Muhyiddin said he was very disappointed and sad by the decision.

“I will sit through the entire session as the deputy. I pleaded, together with Datuk Shafie, to be given a chance to speak but we have been told no.

“From the discussions, there were those disallowing it. I do not know why but that is the decision,” he said, adding that he was bound by it although he did not agree.

“I only asked that I be allowed to speak at the assembly but the decision of the supreme council was to reject that request,” said Shafie.