SINGAPORE: Some Barisan Nasional component party leaders’ comments about the possibility of their parties leaving Barisan has Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin concerned.
“The is a new trend we have not seen in the past and this time around it is being done openly. I am concerned about that,” Muhyiddin told reporters, referring to remarks made by MCA and Gerakan leaders recently.
“Are these remarks brought up because of sheer disappointment? They have to explain,” he said, adding that any random survey would show that there was a mindset shift among the rakyat and not merely in Permatang Pauh.
Muhyiddin said Barisan should not underestimate the changes that are taking place.
“We can have a dialogue with the component parties but what else can we do? That is what we should be asking ourselves. [more]
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BUKIT MERTAJAM: Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is disappointed with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s penchant for seeking sympathy from foreign countries to the extent of them viewing Malaysia negatively now.
He said foreign interference in Malaysia’s sovereignty was dangerous to the people and nation.
Muhyiddin, who is also International Trade and Industry Minister, said he regarded Anwar’s action in seeking foreign support as compromising the country’s honour and dignity.
“The Barisan Nasional (BN) does not allow foreign powers to interfere in the country’s internal affairs,” he said when meeting BN’s Permatang Pauh by-election machinery at the BN operations room in Jalan Baru, near here, Wednesday. [more]
HE MIGHT not carry the firebrand reputation of his predecessor Rafidah Aziz.
But Malaysia’s new Minister for International Trade and Industry Muhyiddin Yassin — who until recently, had been widely speculated to make a bid for the post of Umno’s president or deputy president — did not need much prompting to criticise his government’s chief nemesis Anwar Ibrahim as a “self-glorified” spin-doctor on “an agenda to put Malaysia in the doldrums”.
“We are now dealing with the serious issue of managing our economy … we are running this job seriously. Of course, there are people who couldn’t care so much. Anwar Ibrahim is one particular person.”
Mr Muhyiddin was speaking at a press conference held yesterday after the annual seminar here to promote business opportunities in Malaysia. He had been asked to what extent Mr Anwar’s publicised bid to topple the government has given investors the jitters.
Describing Mr Anwar’s plans to become the next Prime Minister as “an obsession”, the minister added: ”That is his business. While that is so, our immediate interest is to protect the safety of our people.” [more]
By Zakaria Abdul Wahab
SINGAPORE, Aug 12 (Bernama) – Foreign businessmen who are contemplating to invest in Malaysia have been advised not to believe claims by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that he would take over the Malaysian Government in September.
“Don’t believe it,” Malaysia’s International Trade and Industry Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin told Singaporean businessmen at a trade dialogue here Tuesday.
He said he did not see the possibility of that happening, more so as Anwar kept moving the date on when he would take over the Barisan Nasional (BN)-controlled federal government, from August to September or October and so on.
Muhyiddin said the biggest question was how Anwar could become the prime minister when none of the BN parliament members whom he claimed would cross over to join him since the last general election on March 8 had not done so.
The dialogue was held in conjunction with a one-day seminar on business opportunities in Malaysia which was jointly organised by the trade agencies of Malaysia and Singapore, and declared open by Muhyiddin.
The minister said the current political situation in Malaysia was created by just Anwar alone, who had been telling stories that he could take over the government by this September.
Muhyiddin, who is also UMNO vice-president, said Malaysian voters had made their choice in the last general election by voting in the BN party to the federal government.