Friday, March 4, 2016
Annuar: Muhyiddin never raised issues, why now?
Annuar, recently appointed Umno information chief, said he never knew Muhyiddin to be vocal in raising issues within Umno throughout his political career.
He said Muhyiddin, who was suspended as deputy president last week, never raised issues he was concerned about at supreme council meetings.
"We all, in the supreme council, know that Muhyiddin had never made much noise in the meetings, let alone being outspoken.
"For the past 25 years that I have been in the council, Muhyiddin was never known to be vocal. But what he is doing now is a total opposite," Annuar, the Ketereh MP, said in a statement.
Because of this, Annuar said, many in Umno questioned Muhyiddin's sincerity in "this sudden change of attitude."
"Now there is a perception that Muhyiddin is doing all this because he has a vested interest.
"This is the reason why he is being rejected by almost all supreme council members and the divisions," he said.
Annuar welcomed Muhyiddin's decision to stay in the party, saying leaving would not be a "smart option" in the current political context.
"Now that he wants to remain in the party, we hope Muhyiddin can consider changing his behaviour," he said.
Annuar reminded Muhyiddin to assist the president, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, in navigating the party and not ruin the leadership.
"Don't get carried away with the idea that Najib should be toppled, as this could backfire," he said.
On Thursday, Muhyiddin told a press conference he would stay on in the party and "fight from within" and continue to criticise the leadership.