BATU PAHAT: Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (pic) has refuted rumours that the Umno supreme council will sack deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal when it meets next week.
He said there were many other pressing issues that needed to be addressed including economic, political and national security concerns.
Hishammuddin was asked to comment on a rumour circulating on social media that Muhyiddin and Shafie would be sacked when the supreme council meets on Sept 9.
“The Umno supreme council meeting is a closed door event and matters brought up in the meeting should not be discussed in a public forum,” said Hishamuddin at a press conference at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia on Thursday.
He added that it was up to Umno deputy permanent chairman Tan Sri Mohamad Aziz, who is also Johor state assembly speaker, whether or not he wished to believe the rumour.
Mohamad had on Thursday said that Umno would face repercussions if Muhyiddin and Shafie were sacked and that such action could weaken the party and cause disunity.
“I hope Umno members will not fall for the rumours,” said Hishammuddin, adding that he had been going around the country advising Umno members to close ranks.
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