KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 — Delegates’ sarcastic speeches at the Umno general assembly indicate their unhappiness with the Malay ruling party’s decision to prohibit deputy president Tan Sri Muhyddin Yassin from speaking at the annual meeting, party veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said today.
The Gua Musang MP said the unhappiness towards the “exclusion” of Muhyiddin, who was barred from opening the assemblies of Umno wings Youth, Wanita and Puteri, as well as from winding up the general assembly, was evident in the speeches and debates made by delegates yesterday and today.
“You can interpret anyway you like, but you can see [that] the action from the delegates just now, when people were sarcastically referring to the obvious exclusion of his part in the assembly, reflects very strongly the disagreement expressed by the delegates,” Tengku Razaleigh, better known as Ku Li, told reporters when met outside Dewan Merdeka today.
He added that nothing much could be done about Muhyiddin not being allowed to speak as it had already been decided by the Umno supreme council.
Ku Li also said there were factions in the party, but stressed it was normal in a party as big as Umno.
When asked to comment if the factions would cause any problems in the party especially during trying times, Tengku Razaleigh said it would only be tested during the general elections.
“The party is always united but divisions are always there. Factions are always there when it is a big party.
“Well, I don’t know about that but you have to examine. All these things will be tested when we face a challenge, and the biggest challenge will be the upcoming general elections,” he said.
Muhyiddin is facing possible sanctions in Umno following his speech on Monday in which he continued criticising Prime Minister and party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak. – Malay Mail Online