KUALA LUMPUR – September 3, 2015: Wanita Umno reiterated its support for party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak after holding a close dialogue session with the prime minister today.
Its chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said all 191 Wanita Umno divisional leaders who attended the session had pledged their support for Najib.
“Wanita Umno has unanimously agreed to stand by the prime minister’s side and vouch our support for him to continue leading the country.
“We believe that he (Najib) is doing a tremendous job as the country’s leader especially in ensuring economic stability and preserving unity among Malaysians,” she said.
Shahrizat was of the opinion that some Malaysians who are being critical of Najib’s administration have been bamboozled by the opposition’s agenda that they failed to recognise the prime minister’s contributions to the country.
She also expressed her disappointment over an incident at the Bersih 4.0 rally last weekend where some protesters had stomped on a poster of the Umno president and his Pas counterpart Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
“Wanita Umno will not forgive the parties who had insulted our president as well as Pas’ Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang. It was truly against our Malaysian culture.
“Therefore, we demand for the authorities to look into the matter and take a stern action against those responsible including the organisers of Bersih 4.0 for allowing such behaviour,” she added.
Shahrizat also expressed her disbelief over the attendance of elder statesman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the rally.
She said members of Wanita Barisan Nasional were taken aback by “the stunt” and had asked her to talk with the former prime minister over it.
“He (Dr Mahathir) was the one who taught us to obey the laws and to stay away from street demonstrations. We are just perplexed by his decision to join the rally,” she said.
On another matter, Shahrizat denied a rumour that Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and vice-president would be sacked from the party during its scheduled supreme council meeting on Sept 9.
“I believe the president (Najib) will be smart in his action against those who oppose him. So far, the talks about Muhyiddin should be dismissed as a mere rumour,” she said.
Muhyiddin was stripped off his deputy prime minister and education minister posts on July 28 following a Cabinet reshuffle by Najib to strengthen his administration.
Speculations have been rife since then that he would soon be removed from his party posts or even sacked from Umno.
Muhyiddin has been questioning the government’s handling of controversial state-owned strategic investment company 1Malaysia Development Bhd which advisory board is chaired by Najib.