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KUALA LUMPUR - It looks like Prime Minister Najib Razak has 'chickened out' of a plan to sack his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin and replace him with Zahid Hamidi, the current Home Minister.
Perhaps, sensing the axe about to be wielded on him and his
supporters, Muhyiddin had made an extraordinary no-holds-barred speech
on Sunday night, where he demanded that the Auditor-General's report on
Najib's scandal-tainted sovereign fund 1MDB be made public.
Muhyiddin also advised Najib to come clean on allegations that RM2.6
billion of 1MDB-linked funds had been chanelled to the PM's personal
"The news out in Umno was that Najib was to announce dropping
Muhyiddin today but it looks like he has chickened out and this shows
Muhyiddin has the upperhand," a political source told Malaysia Chronicle.
Be patient, Muhyiddin
Muhyiddin had made his controversial speech at the Cheras Umno division meeting last night
there are fears down the Umno line that dropping Muhyiddin as DPM will
trigger an irreparable rift that could quicken Najib's own ouster.
Najib has not made any comment on Muhyiddin's speech although the two
had met earlier on Sunday at the Raya open house of former premier
However, this afternoon, Najib's office issued an unusual statement
calling on the DPM to be patient and wait for the outcome of an ongoing
probe on 1MDB.
"Everyone, especially members of administration including DPM
Muhyiddin, should wait for the outcome of probe into 1MDB issue," said
the Prime Minister's Office in a one-paragraph statement, according to Bernama.
PMO statement 'insulting' to Muhyiddin, Najib may still sack him to save himself from being arrested
PMO's statement is unlikely to stop the bitter clash between the two
men as Najib is not only fighting for political survival but also to
stay out of jail, where he could be sent if found guilty of criminal
breach of trust in the 1MDB financial debacle.
Muhyiddin and Najib in better times
in the Muhyiddin camp have ridiculed the statement from the PMO,
claiming it insulted the DPM by suggesting he was 'hungry for power'.