'Ambitious old man' plotting against Najib
MUHYIDDIN Yassin, deputy president of Umno (United Malays National Organisation), is not the party leader who is trying to topple Prime Minister Najib Razak, said Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said party members should not blame Mr Muhyiddin as he was not involved.
Declining to name the "orang tua" (old man) who wants to oust Mr Najib, Dr Ahmad Zahid said the alleged "plotter" wants to form a unity government with the opposition.
"He is someone who has a big ambition. He is trying to enter through the 'back door'."
He also said he would not allow anyone to form a unity government through the "back door".
Dr Ahmad Zahid had said earlier that the alleged "plotter" would meet the prime minister at 6pm on Sunday.
However, there was no sign of any meeting with Mr Najib at either his official residence in Putrajaya or his personal residence here, with media representatives camping out at both residences.
Reporters and photographers left at about 9pm on Sunday without seeing anyone go in.
Mr Najib arrived at his house in Jalan Duta at about 7.50pm from Gerik, where he had opened the Gerik Umno division meeting.
A black car, with a lone woman in a dark suit sitting in the back, arrived at Mr Najib's house at about 8pm.
The driver paused for a few minutes in front of the house, but decided to drive farther up the road and waited metres away from the main entrance, before driving off about 10 minutes later.
Both Mr Muhyiddin and Gua Musang MP Razaleigh Hamzah have denied being part of any conspiracy to topple the government.
Umno vice-president Shafie Apdal said a thorough investigation must be carried out to determine if a senior Umno figure was the mastermind of a plot to topple the government.
The truth behind the allegations must be brought to light and the wrongdoers should be punished, he added.
"That is why a thorough probe must be carried out to find out the facts behind these claims. Something as significant as this must not be allowed to fester," he said late on Sunday.
"In a democratic system, there are laws and regulations which must be upheld. If any Umno member is found to have contravened any law, then appropriate action must be taken against that person," Mr Shafie added.
Veteran politician Rafidah Aziz has described the allegation of a plot to topple the government from within Umno as "shocking".
She said there is no gain for anyone, especially within the party, to make such a move.
"Isn't that like cutting off your nose just because you hate the face?" the former international trade and industry minister wrote in a post on her Facebook page yesterday.
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK