PRIME MINISTER’S PRESS SECRETARY RESPONSE TO FORMER DPM
3 September 2016
1. I have always believed in the Prime Minister and his vision for Malaysia; in his sincerity and dedication to transform the country and take it to the next level of growth for the people. The Prime Minister remains true and committed to the causes of Agama, Bangsa and Negara. It is for these reasons that I have supported and worked for him for 20 years. If that makes me a "yes man”, as Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has said, then I am proud to be one.
2. The irony is that Tan Sri Muhyiddin himself is a “yes man” but, in his case, he is not guided by principles or values. He betrayed his boss, the Prime Minister, to become the puppet of Tun Mahathir Mohamad. Using 1MDB as an excuse, their vicious onslaught of smears and lies was not motivated by the interests of the country and the people, but solely to achieve their own selfish political ambitions.
3. Tan Sri Muhyiddin’s removal from Cabinet and UMNO was his own doing. He saw a route to the top via a coup masterminded by Tun Mahathir. It was a power grab against the principles of democracy, and it failed. Now Tan Sri Muhyiddin has little choice but to continue this fight, even though he knows he has lost.
4. The chance revelation of a statutory declaration in court showed that Tan Sri Muhyiddin had committed infidelity for years with another man’s wife. His decision not to sue, which is what he always challenges others to do, shows that the allegations are true. If he had any decency, Tan Sri Muhyiddin would apologize to the man whose wife he committed adultery with, and to the people of his constituency. They believed they were voting for the religiously pious and morally upright man he claimed to be.
5. Tan Sri Muhyiddin is clearly frustrated by the statutory declaration and by the failed coup attempt. His dream to be Prime Minister has been destroyed, and his political career has ended in disgrace. Tan Sri Muhyiddin should now do the right thing for the country, the people, and the party that gave him so much – and fade away quietly.
DATUK SERI TENGKU SARIFFUDDIN
PRESS SECRETARY TO THE PRIME MINISTER