Puad: Muhyiddin can be ‘caned’ by EPF’s 7.6 million members
Published 9:28 am
Modified 11:53 am
Umno supreme council member Mohd Puad Zakarshi has warned Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin that even if he is not willing to listen to Umno or other parties, he may be “caned” by the 7.6 million Employees Provident Fund (EPF) members in the next election.
“Only three days are left before Budget 2021 will be voted upon, but the prime minister seemed adamant (in sticking to his guns). He is not afraid of the conditional support of the opposition, let alone that of Umno.
“He is also not afraid of (ex-premiers) Najib Abdul Razak, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, (opposition leader) Anwar Ibrahim and (Umno president) Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“They are all peanuts to him,” said Puad in a Facebook post this morning.
He also referenced the announcement by Umno’s Gua Musang MP, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah that he won’t participate in the Budget 2021 debate as long as Dewan Rakyat speaker Azhar Azizan Harun refuses to allow a test of confidence on Muhyiddin’s Perikatan Nasional government.
“Even Ku Li has decided not to discuss the budget. That means PN lost one vote.”
Puad said that while it seems as if the prime minister is not afraid of any group, he will face “one group” in the 15th general election later. Namely, the EPF members.
“EPF has 7.6 million active members. Umno members are only 3.5 million.
Puad claimed that if Muhyiddin refuses to listen to suggestions on the one-off RM10,000 withdrawal from Account 1 (under strict conditions of I-Sinar), voters could punish him.
It has also been argued that the proposed selling of assets by the EPF to fund the withdrawals could negatively impact EPF’s dividends.
“Do not underestimate the power of the EPF group. This group can deliver a caning,” Puad told Muhyiddin.