KLUANG - Malaysia's former Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has reiterated that he has no intention at all of toppling the ruling government after being axed from the Cabinet line-up last week by Prime Minister Najib Razak, The Star reported.
The Umno deputy president, whose comments on the troubled state investor 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) led to his ouster, on Sunday brushed off rumours claiming he was trying to overthrow the government following his dismissal.
Muhyiddin was dropped as Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister in a Cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday.
"This is quite shocking to me as I will never do anything to betray Umno which is the backbone of the Government," he said in his speech before launching the Kluang Umno division meeting in Johor on Sunday.
Muhyiddin's ouster came just days after he was seen in a leaked video alleging that Najib had admitted to having US$700 million (S$962 million) in 1MDB funds deposited into his account.
Najib has in recent months faced heavy criticism from members of his party and the public for his handling of the allegations of abuse of public funds linked to 1MDB. Najib chairs the fund's advisory board.
A Wall Street Journal report last month said that investigators in a 1MDB probe had traced US$700 million in funds deposited into bank accounts belonging to Najib.
In his speech on Sunday, Muhyiddin also told delegates he would continue to speak up on the 1MDB controversy as it was his duty to raise issues of public concern, the Malay Mail Online reported.
"My political friends gave me the advice, they said 'Tan Sri, you are no longer the deputy prime minister, please speak nicely (of 1MDB). Who knows, there may be those bent on finding fault so that your deputy president post is put in jeopardy," he said.
"I said I won't keep quiet. As a deputy president why would I? I need to speak up," he added.