PETALING JAYA – Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has down-played speculation that he might take over the role of Opposition leader from PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
“She is the Opposition leader,” said the former deputy prime minister, pointing to Dr Wan Azizah who was sitting next to him at their first press conference together in Subang Jaya, near here, yesterday.
The speculation arose when former law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said Muhyiddin had the potential to be appointed as the new Opposition’s prime ministerial candidate once he assumes leadership of the new party mooted by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The press conference, held with Dr Wan Azizah, PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and other party leaders, was to announce Muhyiddin’s decision to join forces with PKR on a nationwide roadshow to explain the controversies surrounding 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Muhyiddin said the roadshow would focus on rural areas, and break down the issues in simpler terms for the public to understand.
“Not many people understand (economic) terms and graphs. I support this initiative so the people realise what is happening,” he said.
Asked if his appearance with PKR’s top leaders meant that he might be joining the party, Muhyiddin said that was not the issue.
He said working together on issues of public interest was more important than being a member of any political party.
Asked whether he would support PKR’s struggle to fight for the release of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Muhyiddin was noncommittal, but said he sympathised with the PKR adviser and cared about his health and wellbeing.
“I was the first minister to visit him after he was fired from the Cabinet,” he said.
However, he said he did not foresee Anwar’s release in the current political environment.
“But we are together now and any decision we will share together,” he said. – The Star Online