Ousted Malaysian DPM Muhyiddin says won't resign as Umno deputy president

Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin speaks to the media on July 29, 2015.
Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin speaks to the media on July 29, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

MUAR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has reiterated that he will not step down from his party position despite calls from some quarters within the party for him to do so.

Muhyiddin, who was ousted from his Deputy Prime Minister role last month after a sweeping Cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Najib Razak, said Friday he was refusing to stand down from the anchor party of the ruling coalition as he had not done anything wrong.

"I have not brought (any) threat to the country and neither have I said anything that went against the party's constitution...I will not resign (as Umno's deputy president) because I have not done wrong in the party," he said.

"If I have done so, show the proof," he told reporters during a press conference in Muar, Johor.

He said that it was unreasonable to say that he had tainted the image of the party and country to the extent that he should resign from his post.

Muhyiddin's removal from the Cabinet came just days after he criticised Najib's handling of allegations of abuse of public funds linked to troubled state investor 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Muhyiddin has previously vowed not to be muzzled on the 1MDB issue despite having been sacked and has also called for greater transparency regarding the fund, which has racked up RM42 billion (S$15 billion) in debt.

The country's anti-corruption commission said last week the funds deposited into Najib's bank accounts were donations from Middle Eastern sources.