Malaysia's Umno expels Muhyiddin and Mukhriz Mahathir, suspends Shafie Apdal

Malaysia's Umno has expelled former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin (left) and former Kedah chief minister Mukhriz Mahathir, according to news reports.
Malaysia's Umno has expelled former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin (left) and former Kedah chief minister Mukhriz Mahathir, according to news reports.PHOTO: REUTERS/THE STAR PUBLICATION

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS/THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Friday (June 24) sacked his former deputy from the ruling party, and said he needed more time to think about a possible Cabinet reshuffle. A vice-president of the party was also suspended, according to the media.

Former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin was sacked from Umno, along with Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, the son of former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Datuk Seri Najib said the unanimous decision, by the Supreme Council, was taken as the duo had shared the same stage with the opposition.

Both have been tough critics of Datuk Seri Najib, calling for his resignation following allegations of graft and mismanagement at scandal-hit state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

He added that the membership of former Cabinet minister Shafie Apdal, a former vice-president of Umno, had been suspended until the Umno disciplinary board gets a report over the matter.

On rumours of possible snap polls, Mr Najib said, "National polls are not governed by by-polls", referring to twin victories by his ruling coalition in by-elections last Saturday.

Former Cabinet minister Shafie Apdal has been suspended by Umno, media outlets also reported.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin and Semporna MP Shafie were dropped from the Cabinet in July 2015.

In February this year, Mr Muhyiddin, who is Pagoh MP, was suspended as Umno deputy president. Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi assumed duties as acting deputy president.

In the same month, Mr Mukhriz announced his resignation as Kedah mentri besar. The Ayer Hitam assemblyman said he made the decision as he had lost the majority support of assemblymen in the state assembly.