No plot to oust anyone in Umno, says club chairman


JOHOR BARU: There is no conspiracy to oust anyone from Umno, says Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Samad.

Rubbishing the claim, the Johor Baru MP said the problem with certain people was that they like to pre-empt things without making efforts to verify whatever information they hear.

"I do not see any plot," he said when asked to comment on a recent blog posting by Akramsyah Sanusi, the son of former Kedah Menteri Besar Sanusi Junid, who claimed that the Umno supreme council meeting scheduled for Tuesday was to oust party deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and party vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.

Both were removed from the Cabinet in the last reshuffle in July.

Shahrir said there was no need to oust or take any disciplinary action against Muhyiddin as he had proven his loyalty to Umno and Barisan.

He said Muhyiddin was in Parliament to vote for Budget 2016.

"As an MP, he was there during the voting. Although it happened at night, he came, stayed and voted for it.

"So clearly his loyalty is with Barisan," he told reporters during a clean-up session at Taman Kebun Teh here on Saturday.

In the blog post, which was uploaded on Friday, the writer questioned if the supreme council meeting on Tuesday was a ploy to oust both the leaders.

It was understood that both Muhyiddin and Shafie would be abroad on the date that the meeting is slated to be held at Parliament building.