Kuala Lumpur – It appears that Umno Deputy President and sacked Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin might either be stripped of his party membership i.e. sacked or have his membership suspended, ventured a political analyst in his latest blog posting.
“This might happen during the Umno Supreme Council meeting on December 9. The meeting was actually called, among others, to consider whether Muhyiddin, and sacked Federal Minister and Umno Vice President Shafie Apdal, should be allowed to speak during the closing of the Umno Annual General Assembly.”
“If Muhyiddin is stripped of his party membership or suspended, the question of whether he should be allowed to speak at the closing of the Umno assembly does not, of course, arise.
Party President and Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak can then deliver his speech at the Umno assembly without being bothered by the presence of his arch critic.”
Shahbudin Husin, the analyst, noted that the Umno Supreme Council could not, for various reasons, move against Muhyiddin during its two previous meetings.
“This time, he may not escape some sort of punishment being meted out to him to prevent him addressing the Umno assembly.”
The fact that Umno will move against Muhyiddin, added the analyst, was strengthened by him (Muhyiddin) addressing a gathering at the Kelab Sultan Sulaiman in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur, on Monday.
“The gathering follows the decision by the recent Umno Supreme Council meeting that the Wanita, Youth and Puteri annual general meetings would be addressed by their respective heads and not the Umno Deputy President as party tradition held.”
“If Umno takes action against Muhyiddin over the gathering in Kampung Baru, Shafie Apdal and former party President and former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad may face similar action too. Mahathir is also being faulted for his blog writings.”
The December 7 meeting in Kampung Baru, cauitioned Shahbudin, is being considered by Umno as defiance of its Supreme Council decision that the Wanita, Youth and Puteri annual general meetings be addressed by their respective heads.
The analyst was commenting on Deputy Prime Minister and Umno Vice President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi being quoted as saying in an online news portal that Umno will not be affected if Muhyiddin was sacked by the party.
He pointed out that Umno stayed intact when faced with similar challenges in the past.
“Zahid’s tone on Muhyiddin seems to have changed,” pointed out Shahbudin.
“Why is he taking the position that Umno would not be affected by Muhyiddin’s departure under somewhat unhappy circumstances?
Is it because he wants to protect party President and Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak or is it because he’s thinking of his own political career? asked the analyst.
“He claims that any action to be taken against Muhyiddin would not be that taken by an individual but a collective stand by the Umno Supreme Council.”
In summing up, said Shahbudin, Zahid’s stand on Muhyiddin may be the clearest indication that the Umno Supreme Council would move decisively against the party number two.
“As Zahid himself has stressed, Umno will get back together again even if there’s any unhappiness over Muhyiddin’s departure.”