KUALA LUMPUR – September 5, 2015: Umno supreme council members have been urged to focus on efforts to unite the party instead of prolonging the current crisis when they meet on Wednesday.
The call was made by Umno grassroots leaders who were concerned about the party’s survival due to the deteriorating public perception.
They also expressed hope for the party leadership not to sack deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Cheras Umno division chief Datuk Seri Syed Ali Syed Abbas Al-Habshee told The Mole that the council members should strategise to bring back the Malays’ confidence in the party.
“We need to start constructing a more consistent method to bring back the Malays’ confidence in Umno.
“Council members should also come up with plans to strengthen the party and find the best solution to handle the political upheavals faced by Umno,” he said.
On Muhyiddin’s fate, Syed Ali hoped that the party’s number two will not be sacked at the coming supreme council meeting.
“The issue of Muhyiddin’s dismissal from the Cabinet should not be the main agenda of the meeting and I do not think he would be ousted from his party post.
“Muhyiddin loves the party and I believe he can still work alongside Najib as a team to prep the party for the next general election,” he added.
Muhyiddin was stripped off his deputy prime minister and education minister posts during the recent Cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Najib had said that he needed to have a team who can work with him in carrying out the government’s policies to develop the country.
Muhyiddin had on several occasions questioned his handling of the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) issue.
It was widely believed that he will be sacked from Umno at the coming supreme council meeting which will be the first to be held since his removal from Cabinet.
The meeting had been postponed twice.
Petaling Jaya Utara deputy division chief Azli Muhamad said he was hoping for the supreme council members to focus on the efforts to fortify the party’s unity.
He said that the meeting should not be abused as a platform for ‘Muhyiddin-bashing’ and that the deputy president should be respected as he was elected to the post by the party members.
“I trust the leadership would consider all aspects before making any decision,” he added.
Sharing the same opinion was Shah Alam division chief Datuk Azhari Shaari.
“I will accept any decision made but I hope the leadership would scrutinise every option available before putting a conclusion to any subject discussed,” he said.
The speculation of Muhyiddin’s possible sacking was refuted by Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein two days ago.
He was reported as saying that there were many other pressing issues that needed to be addressed including economic, political and national security concerns.
Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil had also denied that Muhyiddin may be sacked at the coming supreme council meeting.
“So far, the talks about Muhyiddin should be dismissed as mere rumour,” she said.