MUAR, Feb 23 — Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today refuted DAP leader Lim Kit Siang’s allegation in the news portal, The Malaysian Insider, that he does not fully support the 1 Malaysia concept.
The baseless allegation showed that Lim and the opposition parties had run out of issues to use against the government, the deputy prime minister said.
“I think Lim Kit Siang doesn’t understand my stand (on 1Malaysia) because his head is filled with problems, compounded by the problems of the opposition parties.
“All these problems have placed Kit Siang under pressure and so he wants to draw the people’s attention away from him,” Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, he told reporters after witnessing a Robotec demonstration by students in the Pagoh parliamentary constituency here.
He said the cabinet and all other parties knew how he and his colleagues in the government constantly looked for the best ways to realise the 1 Malaysia concept.
Muhyiddin said Lim’s allegation was a “trap” to cause friction between him and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said his relationship with Najib was strong and he had the same stand as the prime minister.
“I hope that we are not trapped by their politics of pitching our leaders against one another. This has been their tactic all this while,” he said.
He said he supported the 1 Malaysia concept because it was based on the principles and spirit of the Federal Constitution.
The Malaysian Insider, in its report on Feb 22 quoted Lim as challenging Muhyiddin to state his stand on whether he supported Najib’s 1 Malaysia concept.
Lim had accused Muhyiddin of being a “custodian and surrogate of the Mahathir legacy in the Najib premiership” and stated that Muhyiddin had been making public statements that contrasted with what Najib had been saying on 1 Malaysia.
Muhyidin also described Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s recent statement in the Daily Express Sabah about her husband, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s, sodomy case as a political statement to draw sympathy from the public.
Wan Azizah had claimed that the sodomy charge against Anwar was aimed at destroying his political career. — Bernama