SHAH ALAM, Feb 23 — The statement by Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz on Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is a sincere view wanting Umno leaders to have a certain discipline especially those holding a high post in the party.
Umno supreme council member, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the reminder by Mohamed Nazri, who is also an Umno supreme council member, was not only aimed at Muhyiddin but to all party members.
“I believe we have our methods...for example, if there are differences in political views, Tan Sri Muhyiddin, as Deputy President could voice his views in the Umno Supreme Council meetings which he attends.
“Rightly, a spirit achieved during the last Umno Supreme Council, whereby the president (Datuk Seri Najib Razak) opted to be big-hearted and embraced and shook hand with Muhyiddin, and reciprocated by the latter, should be appreciated. Whatever differences must be solved inside the party not outside,” he told reporters here, today.
Ahmad Shabery said this when asked to comment on a statement by Mohamed Nazri yesterday urging Muhyiddin to step down from his post as Umno deputy president if he could no longer properly carry out the duties entrusted to him.
Earlier, Ahmad Shabery, who is also Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister, visited a factory belonging to Biotropics Malaysia Bhd, one of the anchor companies under the Agriculture, High-Value Herbal Products, National Key Economic Areas (NKEA), which conducts pre-clinical and clinical research on the product, Tongkat Ali.
He said the government would always support the Tongkat Ali industry which is one of the major herbs in the country to ensure it was protected and maintained.
“We find the Tongkat Ali industry facing numerous challenges such as the existence of many quarters who export the raw herb forcing the local industry to vie with outsiders who take our treasure.
“The herb is also largely harvested from the wild, it may be extinct in the next 20 years if there is no effort to cultivate it,” he said.
In this regard, he saw progressive encouragements for the commercial planting of Tongkat Ali via the plantation method could ensure the supply is adequate for export.
In addition, he said, the indiscriminate harvesting of raw materials including Tongkat Ali should be checked and enforcement must be enhanced to ensure the forest resources were protected for future generations.
“The ministry may also set up a National Herbal Council with the cooperation of the Health Ministry to boost demand for herbs in the country specifically Tongkat Ali,” he added. — Bernama