Malaysian PM Najib Razak summons Umno political bureau for meeting on party crisis: Report

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks at the World Capital Market Symposium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sept 3, 2015.
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks at the World Capital Market Symposium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sept 3, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian Prime Minister and Umno president Najib Razak summoned the party's political bureau to a meeting on Monday morning (Sept 7), reportedly to find a peaceful solution to the crisis within the party.

Malaysiakini said "no fireworks" at the meeting that came ahead of a long-delayed Supreme Council meeting on Wednesday (Sept 9).

An anynomous source told The Sun Daily that there was nothing "out of the ordinary", adding that Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin and vice-president Mohd Shafie Apdal were their usual selves through the meeting.

Rumours were rife that the council would sack Mr Muhyiddin and Mr Shafie.

Earlier, The Malaysian Insider, qouting another source, said it was unusual that Najib suddenly called for a meeting of the political bureau.

Mr Najib dropped Mr Muhyiddin and Mr Shafie from the Cabinet in July, following their criticisms of state investor 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and the transfer of US$700 million (S$997 million) into his accounts. Despite being stripped of their government posts, the two have continued to criticise the Prime Minister over 1MDB and the donation.

A message circulating on messaging service WhatsApp claims that Mr Muhyiddin and Mr Shafie, Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir, Kulim division chief Abdul Aziz Sheikh Fadzir, Kijal MP Ahmad Said, Wanita Gopeng division head Hamidah Osman and Sepanggar MP Jumat Idris will be axed from Umno in Wednesday's Supreme Council meeting.