SEPANG, Sept 28 — Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin laughed off today rumours that he was colluding with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to take on the Najib administration as pictures of the two Umno veterans together during their recent trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina spread online.
Fresh from his return flight, the Umno deputy president was greeted at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport here by some 20 supporters wearing T-shirts printed with his image and the words: “I am not a yes-man” on them.
“I went for a recent conference on global peace, Bosnia, the role of Malaysia in helping Bosnia, and the freedom of people in Bosnia.
“So that is the reason I went,” Muhyiddin told reporters waiting at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport here when asked about the allegation.
Muhyiddin attended the International Peace Conference held at Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina where he gave a speech on September 21 on the European country’s progress.
The former deputy prime minister had also praised his party elder Dr Mahathir for spearheading international assistance to the conflict-riddled states in the 1990s when he was still prime minister.
Muhyiddin was axed from the Cabinet by current Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, seemingly for his vocal criticism of state-fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Dr Mahathir has openly been making calls for Najib’s resignation, similarly for the unanswered questions regarding 1MDB as well as the US$700 million (RM3.1 billion) donation deposited into Najib’s personal accounts that were previously alleged to have been channelled through the state investment firm.
In a recent blog post, Dr Mahathir had also claimed that Najib’s “actions in stopping the investigations” into the donations were proof that the money was acquired illegally.
Muhyiddin and Dr Mahathir were recently photographed together during the conference in Sarajevo, which resulted in renewed speculation on social media and bloggers that the two were working together to topple Najib.