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    Dec 09, 2015

    Did Umno deputy president violate party rules?


    MALAYSIA'S ruling United Malays National Organisation (Umno) party is scrutinising the video recording of its No. 2 speaking at a rally in central Kuala Lumpur on Monday night for any violation of party rules, which could lead to disciplinary action against the speaker, reported the local media.

    In announcing the scrutiny, Umno secretary-general Adnan Tengku Mansor told reporters yesterday that Muhyiddin Yassin - who called for party president and Prime Minister Najib Razak to "take a rest" from his jobs in his speech - could lose his position as deputy president if found guilty, news website Malaysian Insider reported.

    In his speech, Mr Muhyiddin asked Mr Najib to take leave for a while so that investigations into the alleged financial scandals centred on state investment arm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the RM2.6 billion (S$860 million) donation found in the Prime Minister's personal accounts could be conducted smoothly.

    Mr Muhyiddin's speech came after Umno, in a surprising departure from tradition, decided that this year its deputy president would not launch some of the key meetings during its annual five-day General Assembly, which kicked off yesterday.

    Also present at the rally was former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, Bernama news agency reported.

    Meanwhile, Mr Najib reiterated that he had done nothing wrong in receiving huge sums of money in his personal bank accounts.

    He said his conscience was "absolutely clear" in an interview with state television channel TV3, without elaborating.

    Some foreign media alleged that the money found in his accounts had been channelled through 1MDB-linked companies. AGENCIES