THE QUESTION BEFORE MUHYIDDIN YASSIN’S ‘AGM’ BEGINS:
Will Muhyiddin finally open fire?
Unlike a similar scenario which unfolded in 1998, which witnessed Anwar Ibrahim metamorphosing into a street fighter after his unceremonious dismissal, Muhyiddin Yassin has barely flexed his muscles.
Apart from dropping veiled criticisms during his talks and in his statements, the Umno veteran has not exhibited the bravado which some in Umno have, including axed Wanita leaders Anina Saadudin and Hamidah Osman.
His perceived meekness even prompted a PAS leader to tell him to stop playing the victim, and add more grunt into his campaign.
Last week, the Umno deputy president complained of how he was being barred from addressing the Umno delegates and is being reduced to a “tree stump”.
At 8pm, Muhyiddin would be delivering a talk at the Kelab Sultan Sulaiman in Kuala Lumpur as Umno prepares to kick-start its three-day general assembly tomorrow.
The stage is set, the chairs have been arranged and the backdrop depicts an image of Muhyiddin delivering a speech with his arm raised.
Would this be the turning point?
Would the former deputy premier open fire or continue to keep the safety latch on?
Muhyiddin: I could be expelled from Umno
By– 7 December 2015 @ 11:17 PM
Dr M: Lock Najib up under Sosma
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak should be detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) for undermining parliamentary democracy, former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.
“Khairuddin Abu Hassan was arrested and detained under Sosma (for lodging police reports on 1MDB).
“I think that Najib should also be arrested and detained under Sosma and for a longer time (than Khairuddin).
“It is he who is undermining parliamentary democracy, not us,” Mahathir said during a talk at Kampung Baru in Kuala Lumpur tonight.
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Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin addressed thousands of supporters tonight at Kelab Sultan Sulaiman in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur, after being barred from speaking at this year’s Umno general assembly.
The Umno deputy president continued his criticism of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak despite a warning from Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor today against “crossing the line” in his speech.
Also joining him on stage were former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal and former Batu Kawan Umno deputy chief Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan.
10.50pm: On the RM2.6 billion donation that went to Najib’s personal accounts, Dr Mahathir asked if the party president had returned the money to Umno, since the funds were said to be a political donation.
“I’m just asking, it’s not a crime.”
He said he wanted to attend the Umno general assembly to hear about Umno’s accounts and whether the RM2.6 billion to Najib had been accounted for.
Cancer-plagued Umno has integrity issues, says party no 2
Umno has a cancer that is plaguing it and this cancerous element needs to be removed, said Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin.
“Those who are cancerous within Umno must be rejected,” he said to loud cheers of support at an event in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur.
While not mentioning Umno president Najib Abdul Razak directly, Muhyiddin said Umno is plagued by “grave issue of lack of integrity”.
“If Umno doesn’t change, the rakyat will change Umno. That is a painful fact.
“I’d rather appeal to Umno to undergo this painful surgery now than face uncertain future in a state of coma and painful death later,” he said
Take a break, Muhyiddin tells Najib
Having treaded lightly thus far, sidelined Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin today aimed straight for president Najib Abdul Razak by telling him to “take a break”.
He said Najib should take leave pending investigation on state investment firm 1MDB.
“Take leave momentarily, not resign, just take a break.
“Don’t let there be a perception that the prime minister is meddling in investigations.
“If he is not involved, and we pray he is not, come back to serve as prime minister again,” he said.
Umno number two raises concern over
Muhyiddin earlier expressed concern that the National Security Council Bill may be abused.
“I don’t want to question the use of laws for national security.
“But I’m worried that there is a tendency for laws to be used for other purposes,” Muhyiddin said at an assembly in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur tonight.
He had earlier given an example of how the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) was misused to arrest Umno man Khairuddin Abu Hassan for lodging complaints against 1MDB overseas.
The Pagoh MP, however, said he was not in Parliament the day the Bill was passed by the Dewan Rakyat.
Dr M, a thousand others attend Muhyiddin’s ‘AGM’
Over 1,000 people turned up in Kampung Baru tonight to hear Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin speak before the Umno general assembly officially opens tomorrow.
Muhyiddin entered the Sultan Sulaiman Club hall at 8.30pm together with former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Umno vice-president Shafie Apdal.
Most of those in attendance were packed into the sweltering hall but about 300 were gathered outside the club listening to the speech which is being projected onto a screen.
The event kicked off with the crowd singing the national anthem as well as the Umno party song.
Against normal practice, Muhyiddin has been barred from officiating the AGMs of the various Umno wings tomorrow.
Crowd started to swell at the Sultan Sulaiman Club in KL to attend former DPM