Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Sabah Umno division chief accuses Muhyiddin, Shafie of Sosma flip-flop

An Umno division chief claims that party deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal have changed their stands on the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).

Datuk John Ambrose, head of the Penampang Umno Division, was quoted by a news portal as saying that Muhyiddin and Shafie might have forgotten that both of them had voted in support of Sosma in Parliament.

They did not, at that time, oppose the law or speak out against it, the portal was quoted as saying.

Ambrose reportedly made the remarks after Muhyiddin, the former deputy prime minister, and Shafie, the former rural and regional development minister, gave a press conference headed by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Monday to protest the use of Sosma against Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and lawyer Matthias Chang who were charged with attempting to sabotage Malaysia’s banking and financial systems.

Ambrose also reportedly took Shafie to task for allegedly accusing government investment arm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) of insulting the people’s intelligence and saying that many details had not been addressed yet.

The Penampang Umno chief said that Muhyiddin and Shafie had been members of the Federal Cabinet until July this year and that 1MDB matters had been discussed at Cabinet meetings.

He said Muhyiddin even chaired a Cabinet meeting when 1MDB was discussed and the whole issue was explained.

Ambrose said 1MDB had presented its rationalisation and debt-reduction programme in June and Cabinet had approved.
He said it was made clear then that 1MDB would need at least six months to complete the rationalisation and debt-reduction exercises, and Muhyiddin and Shafie had not opposed this or disagreed with it.

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