KLANG: DAP veteran Datuk Teng Chang Khim has taken a jibe at his party colleague Liew Chin Tong over his statements in regards to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in a book Liew recently penned.
Liew, the former deputy defence minister, had said in his biography of DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang that the “Muhyiddin and International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Azmin Ali combo” was conceptualised as early as 2016.
In the book, the idea was allegedly from an NGO leader who had opined that former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was not the right person to be prime minister.
In retort to Liew’s claims in the now controversial biography titled “Lim Kit Siang: Patriot, Leader, Fighter”, Teng said Liew should not be complaining about Muhyiddin after offering himself to be “fooled” by the Prime Minister.
“The great strategist who tried his very best to convince party members and supporters to trust Muhyiddin since 2016 to the extent that he brought Muhyiddin to the party leadership retreat and did not want questions like UEC to be raised so that Muhyiddin would not be offended or embarrassed is telling us today that Muhyiddin has been a bad guy since 2016.
“Give me a break. You had willingly offered yourself to be fooled by Muhyiddin. Don’t complain now," said Teng on Facebook on Thursday (April 22).
Liew had written in the book that the NGO leader had proposed to Pakatan Harapan leaders during a meeting for Muhyiddin to become prime minister and Mohd Azmin, the deputy prime minister.
He also claimed the same NGO leader had proposed Mohd Azmin as Pakatan’s prime minister candidate after PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was jailed for sodomy in 2015.
Liew however did not reveal the identity of the NGO leader in his book.
Liew said in the biography that the assumption that Muhyiddin was an accidental prime minister helming the nation after the Sheraton Move was untrue as it had all been pre-planned.
Other revelations made by Liew were that before the 2018 general election, Muhyiddin’s followers in Parti Bersatu Pribumi Malaysia did not want Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to be named as the prime minister candidate while Mohd Azmin wanted Anwar to be out of the picture.
Liew said Muhyiddin was agreeable to the “Dr Mahathir-Anwar” combo but Mohd Azmin was against it and wanted the “Muhyiddin-Azmin” combo instead.
He said the Sheraton Move was not to save Dr Mahathir from Anwar’s threat but instead to put in place the “Muhyiddin-Azmin” combo.
Liew claimed he and Lim were witnesses to what had really transpired.