KUALA LUMPUR – February 26, 2016: The highly anticipated disciplinary action by Umno against its deputy president became a reality today when the party’s supreme council decided to suspend him from the post effective immediately.
Secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor described the motion to suspend Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as a “consensus” decision by fellow council members.
Following this, vice-president Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi will take on the role of deputy president while remaining a vice-president. (The Umno constitution does not provide for the appointment of an deputy president post.
According to Tengku Adnan, both party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Zahid left the meeting before the motion was discussed.
“They did want to get involved in the matter so we decided to appoint Hishamuddin (another vice-president Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein) to chair the meeting.
“Everyone was given the chance to voice their opinion and we decided that he (Muhyiddin), according to the party’s constitution, had failed to do fulfil his responsibilities as a deputy president.”
Muhyiddin and vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, known also as a staunch critic of the Najib-led administration since recent months, did not attend the meeting.
“Muhyiddin told us by fax that he could not attend and thus cannot said that he was not given the chance to defend himself,” said Tengku Adnan.
However, he did not say why Shafie too was absent.