Netizen 24 ISR: Najib announces ex-S'gor MB's return to Umno

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Najib announces ex-S'gor MB's return to Umno

Najib announces ex-S'gor MB's return to Umno

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today announced the return of
former Selangor Menteri Besar Muhammad Muhammad Taib to Umno.

The Umno president made the announcement at the Umno headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, flanked by top party leaders.

"He found that his struggle in the opposition, especially while in PKR, was meaningless and against his spirit.

"Allah has opened his heart for him to return to Umno. I believe his re turn to Umno will strengthen Umno and he has promised to fight alongside Umno to ensure its victory," said Najib.

However, it came as an anti-climax as there were expectations that the prime minister would announce the defection of a heavyweight while others had even speculated that it may be related the 14th general election.

The high anticipation was due to Najib having summoned top Umno leaders from across the country to return to Kuala Lumpur for the announcement.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also Umno deputy president, had to abandon his programmes in Perlis for the announcement.

International Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Ahmad Maslan, who is also an Umno supreme council member, said he flew back to Kuala Lumpur from Sabah.

Muhammad, better known as Mat Taib, had quit Umno in 2013 to join PAS. He subsequently quit PAS to joi n PKR in 2015.

Muhammad came into the press conference room and sat beside Najib after the prime minister made the announcement.

Muhammad, during the press conference, also explained the reason for his return.

"I felt my fight (in PKR) was meaningless. I saw how in party meetings, they never discussed the Malay agenda.

"There is no other way except to be with Umno, which will always fight for the Malays," he said.

The former Umno vice-president attributed his return to Umno due to his concern about Malay interest.

"Especially in Selangor, I see many Malay interests have been sidelined. This will only put Malays on the losing end.

"Malays must be solid and stand together with Umno to strengthen Malays in the country," he added.

Muhammad also thanked Najib for being willing to accept him back into Umno.

M eanwhile, Najib said Muhammad decided to return on his own accord and was not offered any incentives.

The announcement was initially shrouded in secrecy and only selected mainstream media outlets were allowed to cover the press conference.

Several news portals, as well as international newswires, were barred from the event.

Prior to the announcement, there were also speculations that Parti Warisan Sabah president Shafie Apdal, who has worked tirelessly to sow a revolt against Umno in Sabah, will return to Umno.

However, Shafie's aide denied the speculation. Parti Warisan Sabah vice president Junz Wong also dismissed the claim.

"It's impossible," he told Malaysiakini.

Source: Google News

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