JOHOR BARU — March 6, 2016: Umno views the decision of its former president Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and suspended No. 2 Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to work with the opposition as a very big mistake.
Prime Minister and current Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak said here today that their action had also incurred the wrath and disappointment of other party leaders and members.
“I see that most of the Umno leaders are very angry and disappointed with Tun Dr Mahathir’s decision to work with the opposition.
“In fact, excerpts of Tun Dr Mahathir’s speeches have gone viral, also condemnation of Lim Kit Siang as a racist leader and a DAP chauvinist.
“Tan Sri Muhyiddin and Tun Dr Mahathir had previously condemned and criticised Kit Siang and DAP outright. Which is why Umno leaders cannot accept (this). They know what DAP’s stand is all this while so what they did is a very big mistake,” remarked Najib.
Najib was commenting on the action of the two in joining forces with the opposition at an event to come out with the Citizens’ Declaration in the federal capital last Friday.
At the event, Muhyiddin and former Kedah mentri besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir were among 50 individuals who signed the declaration which was led by Mahathir, who quit Umno for a second time in eight years recently, both times due to his rejection of the ways of his successors in the party and the government.
Supporting the declaration were DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang, Selangor Mentri Besar and PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and former MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik.
Asked if action would be taken against the Umno members involved, Najib replied that this would be up to the party’s supreme council and disciplinary committee.
Asked if this was a final warning for Muhyiddin, he said: “Let MT (the council decide.) We believe the highest body is the council.”
“I leave it to the MT. I do not want to make a decision by myself. We practise collective responsibility.” — Bernama