KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has quashed talk that he will be stepping down as Deputy Prime Minister, saying that he is here to stay.
Muhyiddin said although his position was under the Prime Minister’s prerogative, there had been no discussion over his Cabinet post.
“Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and I discussed things, but so far, there has been nothing on matters affecting my position. As of now, I’m still here, alive and kicking,” he said after closing the 14th Science Council of Asia International Conference here yesterday.
Social media has been abuzz with speculation that Muhyiddin would be relinquishing his Deputy Prime Ministership soon with some news portals even saying that he might do so today.
According to some reports, the 67-year-old seasoned politician and Cabinet member would resign to fully concentrate on strengthening Umno and that he would be replaced by Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
Muhyiddin said one reason for such talk was the good relationship he enjoyed with Najib.
“Even the Prime Minister attests to this (good relations). Maybe there are people trying to cause instability within Barisan Nasional, Umno and even the Government by spreading rumours that I am quitting,” he said, vowing to serve as long as Najib wanted him to.
“I will continue to serve to the best of my ability for as long as the Prime Minister has faith and confidence in me. Whatever plans I make for the future, I will discuss with him first,” said Muhyiddin.
Meanwhile, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal has declined to be drawn into reports of an imminent Cabinet reshuffle, calling on the public to leave such matters to Najib.
It was reported that Najib was considering a major overhaul of his administrative line-up, with the reshuffle also involving MCA and Gerakan, whose president Datuk Mah Siew Kong won the Teluk Intan by-election on May 31.