KOTA BARU: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s decision not to appeal against his sacking from Umno shows that he is no longer interested in staying with the party, says supreme council member Datuk Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi.
“Umno is always open to appeals from members but Muhyiddin did not take the opportunity to do so.
“The question about Muhyiddin not getting any show cause letter from the supreme council or Umno’s disciplinary board also does not arise as he knew the limitations for its issuance.
“He said Umno is his flesh and blood but why did he not appeal; that’s why I feel he knew that he had crossed the line,” he said Monday.
Mohd Puad said he personally felt that Muhyiddin was no longer interested in being with Umno in its struggle.
“If he feels that it was unfair, he should appeal on why he was not issued a show cause letter, because he had been a deputy president and management committee chairman handling many discipline cases,” he said.
Mohd Puad told reporters this, at a ‘Program Kasih Ramadan’ organised by the Special Affairs Department attended by about 1,000 of its staff here, last night.
On Friday, the council sacked Muhyiddin and Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir for breach of discipline, while Umno vice president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal’s membership was suspended pending a report from the party’s disciplinary board.
Asked on the Pagoh Umno division’s dissatisfaction over Muhyiddin’s sacking, Mohd Puad said the grassroot members might have been intimidated with the action taken against their chief.
“For me, they did not give a solid reason for rejecting the supreme council’s decision. But we understand…, they might have been feeling pressured at the time. Give them time to think more rationally,” he said. – Bernama