Tengku Adnan says Umno disciplinary panel can expel deposed deputy if he continues to criticise Najib.
PETALING JAYA: Muhyiddin Yassin, deposed as Umno deputy president, has been given a warning that he could still face expulsion from the party if he continues to criticise party president Najib Razak.
The party’s Secretary-General, Tengku Adnan Mansor, said it was “not impossible” that Umno would expel Muhyiddin as a report had already been submitted to the Umno disciplinary committee.
On Friday the Umno Supreme Council suspended Muhyiddin until the next party elections for not fulfilling his role as deputy president. However, he remains a party member.
The action came half a year after he was dismissed from the Cabinet for questioning a RM2.6 billion deposit in Najib’s private bank account and his role in the affairs of the government investment arm 1Malaysia Development Bhd.
“If he continues with his methods (criticisms) and it affects the party, I am confident that the disciplinary committee will take action and remove him (as a member),” Tengku Adnan told reporters.
Earlier today Muhyiddin said in a statement he was not given a chance to defend himself and his suspension had not followed procedure.
However, Tengku Adnan pointed out that Muhyiddin had already been given a warning at a previous Supreme Council meeting.
“He was present at the meeting and we asked him not to repeat his actions (criticising Najib and bringing up issues on 1MDB and the RM2.6 billion donation). I don’t understand what other procedure he wants,” Tengku Adnan said.
He said the Supreme Council action was carried out in accordance with the party’s constitution. “We follow the constitution. He did not do his job as deputy president and he tarnished the image of the party,” he said.
The deputy’s functions will be carried out by vice-president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who was appointed deputy prime minister last year after Muhyiddin was dropped from the Cabinet.
Ahmad and Najib both recused themselves from the Supreme Council meeting, which was chaired by vice-president Hishammuddin Hussein.