Kuala Lumpur – The ruling party leaders in Johor are putting pressure on ex-PM Muhyiddin Yassin, referring to him as the Bersatu’s “poster boy” who cannot win elections.
Umno is making more enemies within the ruling coalition, fueled by Umno’s victories in Malacca and Sarawak.
Despite the mockery, Bersatu information chief Wan Saiful Wan Jan maintains that his party’s and the Perikatan Nasional coalition’s leader, Muhyiddin, is the undeniable leader of the party and the coalition.
Wan Saiful threw a spanner in the works at Umno, saying the party would never dare to use its tainted leader Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as a poster boy.
“They keep asking if we dare to use Muhyiddin as our poster boy in the Johor polls. What logic is this? We have always used Muhyiddin as our poster boy from the very beginning. There is no doubt about that.
“He is the symbol of a fighter who willingly lost his positions to restore the country’s integrity.
“I want to respond to several (Umno) people in Johor who keep challenging us on Muhyiddin. I challenge Puad, Nur Jazlan and Khaled. If you dare, name Umno’s prime ministerial candidate after the 15th general election,” he said during a rally in the Kahang state seat in Sembrong, Johor, on Thursday night.
Johor is holding a state election to determine who will lead the state following the collapse of the government.
Wan Saiful was referring to several Johor Umno leaders, including Mohd Puad Zarkashi, Nur Jazlan Mohamed, and Mohamed Khaled Nordin, who have been criticising Muhyiddin in the run-up to the snap elections.
Wan Saiful takes the challenge a step further, daring Umno to name Zahid as their candidate for Prime Minister in future general elections.
Zahid is facing corruption charges.
“If you are cowards and don’t dare to name Zahid, then don’t keep harping on our Bersatu president.
“We are confirmed on inviting Muhyiddin during the Johor polls and respectfully use him as our poster boy. If you (Umno) dare, then plaster Zahid’s face at every corner of Johor. Do you dare or not?” he challenged Umno.
Umno is on the verge of severing ties with the Islamists PAS, and has duped opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim into believing they will give him full support in his bid to become Malaysia’s Prime Minister.
Before the crucial general elections, the party appears to be making more enemies than friends.
Its leaders believe the party and its coalition, Barisan Nasional, will win big in Malaysia’s next general election and form the government soon.