KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Stressing that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has done no wrong, a group of supporters from Johor Umno are pleading to the party leadership not to drop the deputy president.
Mostly clad in black T-shirts bearing a picture of Muhyiddin - whom they described as an "authentic leader" - the supporters were also holding placards that read "kekal Muhyiddin" (retain Muhyiddin).
An Pagoh Umno member, which is Muhyiddin's parliamentary seat and division, said removing the former deputy prime minister would only divide the grassroots.
"This is a sincere request from all of us. Many were unhappy when he was removed from the Cabinet. Don't disappoint us again," said Jamilah Abdul Hamid.
She said Muhyiddin "did not do anything wrong" as had merely "advised" the Umno top leadership about issues plaguing the party.
Saiful Haron, who is also from Pagoh, said many were "saddened" with the current situation.
"Things are gloomy in Johor. We all love Umno very much and we wouldn't want to see it destroyed," he said.
Speculation is rife that Muhyiddin will be sacked as Umno deputy president following his removal from the Cabinet reshuffle on July 28.
Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin has stressed that no heads would roll during the highly-anticipated Umno Supreme Council meeting on Wednesday (Sept 9), which is being held for the first time since Muhyiddin's sacking.