KUALA LUMPUR – July 28, 2015: Outgoing Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyddin Yassin accepts the decision to drop him from the newly announced Cabinet line-up but insists that he stands by his principle and belief regarding issues surrounding the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
In his statement posted on his official Facebook page, Muhyiddin said that if the decision by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to remove him was due to his stand on the issue, then he would still accept it.
“I have my own principle and stand in defending the people’s rights, the party’s reputation and the interest of the nation. If I am removed from the Cabinet because of this, then I gladly accept it,” he said.
Muhyiddin had nonetheless pledged his loyalty to Umno and promised to continue to support the party struggle.
“As Umno deputy president, I will remain loyal to the party’s struggle. I will continue to perform my duties to strengthen the party in order to restore the confidence of the Malays in Umno,” he said.
Despite being stripped of his posts as the Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister, Muhyiddin insists that he harbours no ill-will against the decision as he acknowledges that Najib had the prerogative to appoint or remove any Cabinet member.
He, nonetheless, clarified that when he was the deputy prime minister, he “had always been supportive of every governmental policy and Najib’s leadership except in regards to the controversial 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).”
Najib had earlier today announced Muhyiddin’s removal from the Cabinet, describing it as a ‘difficult decision’ but needed to be done in order to strengthen unity in government.
“The decision to replace Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was very difficult, but leadership is about doing what you think is right. To deliver for Malaysia, I must have a solid and unified team moving in the same direction.
“Nevertheless, I thank Muhyiddin for all his work and dedication to the government and country, as I do all those ministers who are no longer in the Cabinet,” he said.
Muhyiddin has been one of the few Umno leaders who has been openly critical over the controversies plaguing 1MDB.
Two days ago, at the Cheras Umno division meeting, Muhyiddin reiterated his unease over the government’s handling of the 1MDB issue.
During the meeting, he had reportedly warned that the “government should not underestimate the people’s negative sentiments towards the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy.”
He even admitted that he had difficulty in understanding the real goings-on in the 1MDB issue.