KUALA LUMPUR – February 17, 2016: Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has been “scolded” by certain segments of netizen for not being careful of the company he keeps.
The virtual “scolding session” happened via Facebook after Muhyiddin clarified that he was not ‘recruited’ into the opposition’s campaign as claimed by DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang on Monday.
“In reference to Lim’s statement that I am his latest recruit in the fight to save Malaysia, I would like to explain that it was merely his personal views.
“I have never been recruited by anyone to stand up for the truth. Whatever I have voiced all this while is from my own realisation of the plight the country and the people are in,” said Muhyiddin in a statement.
A picture of the deputy prime minister with several opposition members of parliaments attending a leadership conference in Seoul, South Korea have caused BN supporters to question Muhyiddin’s loyalty.
“I have known Muhyiddin since 1990, back when he was the Johor Mentri Besar and I quite believed his words when he said that he is an ‘Umno totok’ and all his actions were for the good of the party,” wrote Lias Majid on his Facebook wall.
“But now, when I see him and the likes of Lim Kit Siang and DAP MPs…I guess he is merely fighting for his cronies and political survival.
“My respect for his integrity evaporates the moment I saw these photos,” he added.
Another Facebooker Marz Noor pointed out that it was shocking to see Muhyiddin, who once fashion himself as an Umno loyalist to “stoop so low in fighting for political power”.
“He submitted to DAP to fight and destroy Umno in order to bring down Najib (Prime Minister and Umno president).
“Muhyiddin is a man of low morale and has no dignity. He is now a ‘pengkhianat’ (traitor) to Umno and the party has strong and valid reasons to bury him dead,” he wrote.
However, there were also those who viewed that Muhyiddin was only being used by Lim to further aggravate Umno’s internal turmoil.
Low Joo Hean pointed out that Lim’s claims that he has recruited Muhyiddin in the opposition-led campaign to “save Malaysia” was a simple DAP-inspired strategy.
“DAP just need to support any disgruntled Umno members to go after their party in order to weaken it, especially members that have a lot of followers.
“Nobody in DAP, particularly Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng, ever believed that Anwar (PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) would be the Prime Minister.
“They just lulled him with empty promises and sweet dreams of being made PM. Muhyiddin is smart enough, he should take a leaf from Tunku Aziz (former DAP vice-chairman Tunku Aziz Tunku Ibrahim) to know the knavery of DAP,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, there are others who wrote that Malaysians should not believe in anything that Lim said.
“This is the same man who sold us his ability to work with Pas, Mahathir (former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad) whom he once described as evil and now he’s selling us Muhyiddin,” wrote Yeow Tiang Hui.
“His simplistic model of ‘my enemy’s enemy is my friend’ needs to be modified. Often times, your enemy’s enemy would have totally different agenda from yours.
“You cannot sell us such desperate and half-baked strategy, especially when it involves national interests,” he wrote.
One Facebooker went as far as writing that Lim was “over his head” when Muhyiddin agreed to take some pictures with opposition MPs during the conference.
“Uncle Lim (Kit Siang), just because he took photos with you that doesn’t mean he is your friend,” wrote Mille Petrozza.
“And to Muhyiddin, always be careful with DAP, they will make use of anything and anyone,” he wrote.