Umno to suspend Muhyiddin before December assembly, say party sources
(TMI) – Umno is set to suspend Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin before its general assembly in December, said party insiders, following the deputy president’s continuous attacks against president Datuk Seri Najib Razak over state-owned 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the RM2.6 billion “donation” deposited into his accounts.
The insiders said the Supreme Council was preparing charge papers against Muhyiddin, to be submitted to the disciplinary board along with evidence of his offences.
The move is being taken to prevent Muhyiddin from continuing to attack the Umno leadership during the officiating ceremony of the assembly in December, which will involve all wings of the party.
The decision to postpone the Supreme Council meeting today was also said to prepare for Muhyiddin’s sacking.
Among the offences Muhyiddin allegedly committed are his statements on 1MDB and persistent questioning of the RM2.6 billion “donation” credited into Najib’s account despite the latter’s explanation.
“Muhyiddin will be suspended before the December assembly. There are some concerns among the top party leadership that he will continue to criticise during the officiating of the wings’ meetings later.
“They are preparing the charge papers to be brought to the disciplinary board,” a source told The Malaysian Insider.
When Muhyiddin were suspended, vice-president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi would take over the deputy president’s post until party elections in 2018, the source added.
Sungai Besar Umno division chief Datuk Jamal Yunos said Muhyiddin’s action of going behind the back of the Supreme Council was unethical.
“Tan Sri Muhyiddin has brought up the RM2.6 billion and 1MDB issues but those matters had been answered in the last Supreme Council meeting. In fact, he backed the leadership but when he goes out, it is a different thing.
“This sort of people are unethical and liars. They say one thing in front of you and another behind you,” he told The Malaysian Insider, commenting on the last Supreme Council meeting on September 9.