KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 – Former Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin Yassin has been suspended as UMNO deputy president, effective immediately until the next party elections, said Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor here today.
Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan told a news conference after the meeting at the headquarters of Malaysia’s biggest political party that Prime Minister Najib and Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi left before the Supreme Council made its decision at a meeting held on Friday, so as not to prejudice the decision. Muhyiddin’s divisional post will, however, not be affected, party secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor announced on Friday.
The decision to suspend the former deputy prime minuster was made by the meeting that was chaired by an Umno vice-president, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who is defence minister. The suspension comes in light of Muhyiddin’s continued criticism of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s handling of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad and RM2.6bil political donation issues. However, Muhyiddin will be place as an Umno member remains unchallenged.
Muhyiddin was out of the country as his position in the party hung in the balance at the meeting. When contacted by The Star Online earlier, one of Muhyiddin’s aides said that he was overseas. Also absent from the meeting at Putra World Trade Centre was vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal. On July 28 last year, Muhyiddin was sacked from the Cabinet reshuffle, and he was replaced by Home Minister and Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.