KUALA LUMPUR, August 1, 2015:
Former deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin could face disciplinary action over a leaked video which showed him talking to a group of people of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s alleged confession over the RM2.6 billion allegedly banked into his personal account.
Umno’s supreme council member and deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said that Muhyiddin who was also the party’s deputy president may be referred to the disciplinary committee for making the allegation which appeared to have been staged in the effort to discredit the party president.
“In the video it was clear that he was not honest about his assertion to back the Prime Minister especially when he revealed an unverified information to a member of the Opposition like Tan Sri Abdul Kadir (Sheikh Fadzir).
“The video was also taken inside his house so it appears as if it was staged. If the conversation happened in a public place then maybe it won’t seem staged but it happened inside his house.”
Abdul Aziz was speaking to reporters at a press conference after officiating the Lembah Pantai Umno wing’s divisional meet here today.
As such he also reiterated that a majority of 154 out of 196 Umno division chiefs supported and endorsed its party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s decision to reshuffle the Cabinet which saw Muhyiddin stripped from his post as the country’s deputy Prime Minister.
In revealing the matter, Abdul Aziz said the move was deemed necessary to rid of the cancer that was spreading within the party.
He said that the party’s division chiefs had a discussion via social chatting app, Telegram on Monday whereby several of them had suggested for Muhyiddin to be dropped from the Cabinet following his speech last Sunday which went against the stance taken by the party in regards to national sovereign fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
“We asked as to who agrees that the president should reshuffle the Cabinet and 154 of gave their endorsement.
“This means that the president did not act alone in making the decision although by right, he did not need our approval as he has the mandate to reshuffle the Cabinet when he sees the need to do so.”