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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 10 — Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s political future now depends on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the prime minister’s press secretary said today after the PKR de facto leader’s meeting with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Datuk Seri Tengku Sariffuddin said this was because it would be Anwar who agrees or disagrees with former prime minister Dr Mahathir’s “pleadings”.
“So Tan Sri Muhyiddin is now subservient to Datuk Seri Anwar.
“Tan Sri Muhyiddin’s disloyalty to the party and government has been repaid by natural justice. What a difference a year makes,” Tengku said in a statement.
Tengku also claimed that Dr Mahathir’s agenda has failed, describing the elder statesman’s recent visit to Anwar in court, the first meeting between the two in 18 years since Dr Mahathir sacked Anwar as his deputy, as “further evidence of his desperation”.
“It shows that Tun Mahathir’s selfish political agenda has failed. It also demonstrates that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will have to play second fiddle to Datuk Seri Anwar in Tun Mahathir’s alliance with the opposition,” said Tengku.
Muhyiddin is now president of newly-formed Bumiputera-centric party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, after he was sacked from Umno and as deputy to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.