KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 — Former minister Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir said he is concerned for Malaysia’s future after today’s shock Cabinet reshuffle left several senior Umno office bearers out in the cold.
Abdul Kadir also voiced scepticism over the new Cabinet appointments.
“If this is the Cabinet we are getting, I am very, very worried for the future of the country,” he told reporters after visiting the home of Umno Number Two Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who lost his deputy prime ministership and education portfolio.
Abdul Kadir defended the questions on the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy raised by Muhyiddin as valid, adding that the latter was only highlighting the concerns of other party members to Umno president and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
“The DPM was removed for a very mild reason, I saw the speech he gave in Cheras and it was a mild one. The allegations on 1MDB have been coming stronger and stronger, so there must be a quick answer to resolve it.
“That is the kind of answer that Muhyiddin wanted in order to protect his party, Umno,” he added.
Abdul Kadir also said the cabinet reshuffle today had “made things worst” for Najib and has called anyone who is disgruntled with the current administration to join his newly formed party Parti Ikatan Bangsa (Ikatan).
“We have already launched and are looking to make it a big party. It is a bangsa Malaysia party and everyone is invited to join no matter who,” he told reporters before leaving.
Muhyiddin’s home became a rallying point for his supporters from Umno just hours after his shock removal from Cabinet.
Other key Umno personalities who have visited Muhyiddin today include Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, who was similarly dropped from Cabinet after voicing criticisms against debt-riddled 1Malaysia Development Berhad, and Cheras Umno chief Datuk Seri Syed Ali Alhabshee.
Also seen visiting Muhyiddin at his premise tonight was the son of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and current Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir and Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan.