Salleh Said Keruak
The statement by the Umno Deputy President and Deputy Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, is that he and the rest of the Umno Supreme Council and Cabinet are totally in the dark about matters surrounding 1MDB.
Muhyiddin also gave the impression that the only information he has is that which he obtained from the newspapers -- further giving an impression that newspapers such as The Edge should not be suspended since it is a very valuable source of information for the government and if not because of these newspapers even the Deputy Prime Minister would not know what is happening in the country.
This is not only a very mischievous statement meant to create the wrong impression but it also insinuates that the rest of the Cabinet members are total idiots who do not what is happing. What do they discuss at the weekly Cabinet meetings, then, or do the Cabinet members just go to sleep?
I know that matters discussed during the Cabinet meetings are classified and are covered under certain laws that make it a crime to be in possessions of Cabinet papers or to reveal matters discussed during Cabinet meetings. However, I know for a fact that what Muhyiddin is insinuating is not true.
Muhyiddin not only paints a very bleak picture of the Prime Minister but also that of the entire Cabinet, the Deputy Prime Minister included. Is Muhyiddin saying that those Cabinet meetings that he personally chaired were also on the same basis? Is he saying that he is totally in the dark about the Cabinet meetings that he himself chaired?
It is clear that Muhyiddin’s statement yesterday is a disguised vote of no confidence against the Prime Minister for allegedly keeping the entire country in the dark. In that case, the noble and honourable thing for Muhyiddin to do is, just like what Tun Musa Hitam did, to resign to demonstrate that since he no longer has confidence in the Prime Minister then based on principles he can no longer remain in the government.
This is the lowest blow ever