Rahman: Don’t remove Muhyiddin and Shafie

Rahman: Don’t remove Muhyiddin and Shafie

KUALA LUMPUR: It will not be wise for Umno to sack Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal from the party, says supreme council member Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

“Personally, I don’t think it is a wise thing to do; not at this time, because we have enough on our plate,” Abdul Rahman said when asked to comment on talk that Muhyiddin and Shafie, who were dropped from the Cabinet in July, were likely to be sacked during the Umno supreme council meeting next Wednesday.

Speaking to the media after visiting the Wangsa Sari Housing Project for the Hardcore Poor (PPRT) at Setiawangsa here, Abdul Rahman, who is Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister, said the removal of Muhyiddin, who is the Umno deputy president and Shafie, one of the three vice-presidents, was not on the agenda.

“Deep down in my heart I don’t think it will happen and I have not been consulted about it,” he said.

However, Abdul Rahman, who is also Kota Belud MP, would be abroad on an official trip next week and would not attend the much-anticipated meeting.

He said Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament (MPs) from Sabah and Sarawak would foil any no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“I don’t think it will be tabled in the Dewan Rayat but should there be one, I believe the Prime Minister will survive. I am confident that we, the Sabah and Sarawak MPs, will stand behind the Umno president,” said Abdul Rahman, who is also Barisan’s strategic communications director.

Nearly a quarter or 48 out of the 222 MPs in the Dewan Rakyat are Barisan representatives from Sabah and Sarawak.

He said 1MDB was the main issue to be settled, adding that it should be able to sort out its problems by the end of the year.

He said Najib was also expected to deliver key policy speeches this year to help improve public perception towards the Government.

These include his speech at the Umno annual general assembly, the tabling of Budget 2016 and the re-introduction of the 11th Malaysia Plan.