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Umno sacks Muhyiddin, Mukhriz; suspends Shafie

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KUALA LUMPUR — June 24, 2016: Umno today sacked with immediate effect its former deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, former Kedah mentri besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir and suspended vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.

The decisions on all three wre unanimous.

Muhyiddin and Mukhriz were sacked for indiscipline while Shafie is suspended until the supreme council receives a report from the disciplinary committee.

Party president Datuk Seri Najib Razakhe said this after a supreme council meeting at PWTC: “The council decided to sack Tan Sri Muhyiddin and Datuk Seri Mukhriz for indiscipline, more so for sharing a stage with opposition leaders and verbally attacking Umno and its leaders … that’s a serious offence.”

Najib said Shafie is suspended because the management committee and supreme council had yet to receive a full report from the disciplinary committee.

Muhyiddin and Shafie were dropped from the Cabinet in July last year while Mukhriz stepped down as MB last February. Also in February Muhyiddin was suspended as party deputy president until the next party elections.

All three had been vocal in criticising and questioning the leadership of Najib in the matter of the RM2.6-billion political fund and 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

Najib also said that the government had decided to cease its financial aid to the Perdana Leadership Foundation with immediate effect after its honorary chairman, former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad used the foundation as a platform to topple the government.

Therefore, there is no reasonable cause for the government to continue providing any contribution whatsoever to the foundation.

The staff of the foundation will be given notice of dismissal accordingly.

Commenting on the Barisan Nasional victory in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections on June 18, Najib it was achieved through the integration of the machinery, coordinated work, high level of discipline and close
cooperation among the component parties.

Asked about a Cabinet reshuffle, Najib said he needed some time to consider it.

Two ministerial posts are vacant after Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar ended his tenure recently and Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas resigned as Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister to contest the Sarawak state election. Uggah is now a Sarawak deputy chief minister.

The post of deputy plantation industries and commodities minister is also vacant following the death of Tan Sri Noriah Kasnon in a helicopter crash in Sarawak on May 5. — Bernama

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