SEREMBAN – Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir squandered the opportunities to make amends and this led to their sacking on Friday, said a senior UMNO leader.
UMNO Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said the party must take drastic action because it did not want the issue to divide the members.
“We should have acted long ago. Party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak extended his hand of friendship in the last UMNO general assembly but it was not accepted.
“So, do not blame the leadership, especially the UMNO Supreme Council for unanimously sacking them,” he told reporters after presenting financial aid to orphans, the elderly and residents of Kampung Siliau Baru, Rantau, today.
Mohamad said that having held senior positions in UMNO, Muhyiddin and Mukhriz should have a better understanding of the party’s rules.
“Organisations have rules that must be complied with and those who do not respect to the constitution and commit breach of discipline have to be sacked.
“It is unbecoming of them to sit at the same table with the Opposition to discredit the party’s leadership and try to topple the government,” he added.
Jempol MP and Felda chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Samad said the leaders sacking was correct since they openly criticised the leadership and goverrnment.
“Their sacking is a reminder to others that we can have difference opinion but we cannot make it public as it will tarnish the image of the leadership,” he said after a breaking of fast also attended by the Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir at Masjid Jamek Batu Kikir, Jempol yesterday.
In KOTA KINABALU, Kota Kinabalu UMNO Youth division fully supported the decision to sack Muhyiddin and Mukhriz and suspend Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
Its chief, Mohd Bahrin Abd Karim said the UMNO Supreme Council decision was only reasonable in order to maintain the integrity of the party.
“No decisive action against members who sabotage the party will weaken UMNO, the backbone of Barisan Nasional (BN) and the state govenrment,” he told reporters after breaking fast with students of Pusat Pengajian Tahfiz Al-Quran As-Syatibiyah at Masjid Bandaran Kota Kinabalu here, yesterday. – BERNAMA