PKR’s Rafizi Ramli today encouraged Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir to participate in the opposition’s reformation agenda, saying the sacked Umno duo should look beyond the campaign to unseat Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
The Pandan MP pointed out that with Muhyiddin and Mukhriz now gone, there are no avenues left within Umno to remove Najib ahead of the federal polls expected in two years.
“Therefore, I urge Tan Sri Muhyiddin and Datuk Seri Mukhriz to look at objectives bigger than the goal to remove Najib.
“I am confident that if they are ready to join the movement seeking to reform the entire system by changing it, they can bring significant influence to the effort to defeat Najib in the 14th general election,” Rafizi said in a message on a WhatsApp media chat group.
The PKR secretary-general also said the Umno supreme council’s decision to sack Muhyiddin and Mukhriz came as no surprise, as even Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had suffered the same fate years ago when he was removed as deputy president.
He labelled Umno a “damaged” political entity, claiming that power and money politics trumps all else in the ruling party.
The lawmaker also that the public will continue to observe every step taken by Umno and its president, adding that the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-election results were not reflective of the overall support from Malaysians towards Najib’s leadership.
Yesterday, Najib announced the party supreme council’s decision to sack Muhyiddin and Mukhriz, citing the duo’s breach of party discipline in their involvement with the opposition.
He also announced that former vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal has been suspended pending a final decision on by the party’s disciplinary board.
Following a suggestion from Umno Youth, Najib added that Putrajaya will no longer fund Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Perdana Peace Foundation, which he said has been used as a base to plot against government.
Mukhriz and Muhyiddin are both part of a campaign to unseat Najib headed by Dr Mahathir.