KUALA LUMPUR – Sept 9, 2015: Johor Umno members who traveled to the party headquarters here today in support of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin were overjoyed that he stays as the party’s deputy president.
Muhyiddin’s position as the party’s No. 2 has been the subject of speculation since he was stripped off his ministerial posts in a Cabinet reshuffle on July 28.
Many were expecting the him to lose his post in his party at the supreme council meeting today.
Muhyiddin was removed from his deputy prime minister and and education minister posts by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak after he openly questioned the government’s handling of issues surrounding the controversial state-own investment company 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Speculations that Muhyiddin may be sacked from his party posts at today’s leadership meeting had led to hundreds of his supporters, especially from his home state of Johor to gathering outside the Umno’s headquarter at Menara Dato Onn, Putra World Trade Centre in a show of solidarity for the Pagoh parliamentarian.
Abdul Kadir Yunos, 57 from Pengerang when met after the meeting expressed his gratitude towards Najib for keeping Muhyiddin as his deputy in Umno.
“I am happy that Muhyiddin remains the party’s deputy president, especially with everything that has been happening to Umno and the government lately.
“This shows that Najib cares about the party and the grassroots’ sentiment. Umno will grow stronger after this,” he said.
Commenting on the professional synergy between Najib and Muhyiddin after the Cabinet reshuffle, Kadir urged the two leaders to set aside their differences for the sake of the Malays.
“There must be an understanding between Najib and Muhyiddin as they are leading by example.
“Having a different opinion than others is normal but Najib has to be in sync with Muhyiddin to bring back the confidence of the Malays to Umno in order for the party to face the next general election,” he added.
Aida Abu, 53 from Kota Tinggi told The Mole that she was glad to hear the Johorean leader remains in the party leadership.
“He is our leader – a Johorean. We have been supporting him since the beginning of his political career.
“When he was sacked from the Cabinet, we were disappointed, and had Muhyiddin been sacked from the party today, it would be devastating for us.
“However, it would not come to the point where we would ditch the party altogether. Umno is Umno. We will never betray the party,” she said.
Aida also expressed her hope to see a reconciliation between Najib and Muhyiddin.
Iswadi Bunaim, 36 from Pagoh was of the opinion that Muhyiddin remaining as the party deputy president would restore the faith of Umno grassroots towards Najib’s leadership.
“Lately, the grassroots reception towards Umno has been disappointing.
“Hence, with no sacking of any Umno leader at the meeting today, I believe the grassroots will continue to support the party leadership,” he said.