Muhyiddin’s response to Najib’s ultimatum is awaited


The DPM is due back tonight and a large crowd is expected to greet him

(Free Malaysia Today) – Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s return this evening from his overseas vacation is the talk of the town and in social media, and with good reason too, political analyst Shahbudin Husin observes.

In a blog posting this morning, he notes that Tosrin Jarvanthi, the Information Chief in the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office, has been text messaging to all and sundry, telling them to turn up at KLIA by 7.30 pm to welcome Muhyiddin, who is expected to touch down at 9 pm.

This is no ordinary return, he says. “Posters are being prepared and the focus of attention will be the Anggerik Room at the KLIA which Muhyiddin is expected to pass through. He’s seen as the leader of the moment, the one who can help salvage the future of Umno and Barisan Nasional.”

Shahbudin says the following questions arise:

* What kind of announcement can be expected from Muhyiddin by those who are anxious to see the back of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak?

* Will it signal a new chapter in the struggle in Umno and in the relations between Muhyiddin and Najib?

* How many ministers, deputy ministers and Umno leaders will be brave enough to be present at the airport to greet Muhyiddin upon his return?

* Will Muhyiddin signal a response to the ultimatum Najib gave during the Cabinet meeting last Friday when he wasn’t present?

Shahbudin figures that something important will happen this evening. Otherwise, he says, there would not be so much heat generated over Muhyiddin’s return because “the Deputy Prime Minister is known as a person who doesn’t like big gatherings to await his return from trips anywhere. He prefers such affairs to be low key.”