KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The fate of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal in Umno will be left to the wisdom of the party president, said Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid, who is an Umno vice-president, said any decision taken by Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is also Umno president, on the fate of the duo would be on the back of advice from the Supreme Council and views of the grassroots.
"It is up to the president to decide. It's not that we want any action to be taken abruptly but whatever the decision, let it be one that ensures the strings which bind Umno together do not break," Dr Ahmad Zahid told reporters after attending the opening of the Youth, Wanita, and Puteri assemblies on Wednesday (Dec 9).
He did not confirm that Wednesday's Supreme Council meeting would determine the future of Mr Muhyiddin, the party's deputy president, and Mr Shafie, who is a vice-president.
He said the two topics on the agenda for the special meeting would customarily be on preparations for the Umno General Assembly that begins on Thursday and the speeches that will be delivered.
On Mr Muhyiddin's absence at the closed-door briefing for delegates given by Datuk Seri Najib on Tuesday night, Dr Ahmad Zahid said they received information that Mr Muhyiddin was actually in the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), where the meeting was held.
"We were told that he had reached PWTC but did not enter Dewan Merdeka for the briefing," he said.
Likening Umno to a raft on choppy waters, Dr Ahmad Zahid said the party needed to ensure that it always remained afloat.
"Never mind if some knots that tie the raft together come undone and are swept away by the strong currents, as long as the raft does not sink," he said in reference to attacks from Mr Muhyiddin, Mr Shafie and former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad.