KUALA LUMPUR – March 3, 2016: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will send a letter to Registrar of Societies (RoS) to inquire whether his suspension as Umno deputy president was lawfully done.
Speaking at a press conference in front of his office at Damansara Heights, here today, Muhyiddin said he was not given the opportunity to meet the party disciplinary board to explain himself as according to Article 20 of the party constitution.
He reiterated that the suspension was also made hastily by the party supreme council and not adhering to procedures, as he has yet to receive any show-cause letter that exemplifies his violation against the party’s principles.
“I believe that the move (suspension) was made hastily and I was not given the rightful chances to defend myself.
“As far as I know, there was no specific agenda to discuss the position of deputy president during the supreme council meeting last week.
“My suspension was ruled out after only two hours of discussion, without further investigation made. This is against the party’s procedure and constitution,” he said.
In response to allegations that he had failed in performing his duties, as ruled by the supreme council, Muhyiddin said he was actually prevented from doing so .
He said, for instance, after he was dropped from the Cabinet in July last year, he was not allowed to perform his duty to open the meetings of Umno’s wings during the party general assembly in December.
Muhyiddin added, now that the Sarawak state election is around the corner, he was not allowed to perform his job as the party election director to visit the state and campaign on behalf of the ruling government.
“I was not given any clear instruction on my position and duties.
“But, being the party deputy president for almost six years now, I have performed all of my duties diligently. Hence, the allegation is fallacious,” he added.
Muhyiddin said he believes that the majority of Umno members would want him to perform his duties, and one of them is to ensure the party is “following the right direction”.
Muhyiddin had also announced that he will remain in the party, contrary to the speculation that he may follow the footsteps of former Umno president and prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who had left Umno last week.
Similar to Dr Mahathir, Muhyiddin is among the leading figures opposing the leadership of current Umno president and prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.