KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 9 (Bernama) — The much-speculated sacking of Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal from the party did not happen.
Instead the Supreme Council meeting at the Menara Dato Onn here today focused on unifying and strengthening Umno, with both saying that they would work for the interests of the party.
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the sacking of UMNO leaders was “never on the agenda”.
“It was only speculation from outside,” the Prime Minister and Umno president told a press conference after chairing the meeting, referring to rumours that had been rife that Muhyiddin and Mohd Shafie would be axed, along with leaders like Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir and former Terengganu MB Datuk Seri Ahmad Said.
Muhyiddin and Mohd Shafie were dropped from the Cabinet in the July 28 reshuffle.
The Supreme Council meeting scheduled for July was postponed following the Cabinet reshuffle and postponed again last month to allow UMNO divisions to hold their delegates meetings.
Muhyiddin was seated next to Najib at the press conference. Mohd Shafie and the other two vice presidents – Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein – were also present.
Najib said that Muhyiddin and Mohd Shafie had pledged to work for the good of the party.
“I welcome Muhyiddin’s commitment to the party. He had expressed his readiness to strive for the interests of the party.
“I also thank Shafie for voicing the same commitment – which is his willingness to work for the interests of the party,” Najib said.
He said UMNO could now focus on solidarity in the party leadership.