Malaysia Dateline

Both leaders shook hands their first meeting 18 years after Anwars dramatic sacking

Najib’s aide blasts Muhyiddin as ‘puppet’ after Mahathir-Anwar handshake

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak continued to attack his former deputy, this time through his aide describing Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s presidency of the newly registered Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) as meaningless in the wake of the reconciliation between Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“But I cannot blame Tun Mahathir for this last desperate move. What other option did he have, after the credibility of the President of his new party was destroyed by the Nika Gee court statutory declaration,” said Najib’s press secretary Datuk Seri Tengku Sariffuddin.

He also again referred to a statutory declaration of a former public prosecutor over a divorce case which was settled in court last week.

“It (the statutory declaration) proved that Tan Sri Muhyiddin was for years committing infidelity with another man’s wife.

“This rendered Tan Sri Muhyiddin a lame duck president overnight, ineffective even as a caretaker for Tun Mahathir’s son Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir,” the statement said.

Dr Mahathir took the nation by surprise when he turned up at the High Court on September 5 to greet his arch nemesis Anwar, who was brought to court from prison for his legal challenge of the National Security Council Act.

Both leaders shook hands, their first meeting 18 years after Anwar’s dramatic sacking which sparked a prolonged political crisis.

Sariffuddin said Muhyiddin now would have to play second fiddle to Anwar, describing him as a puppet president in the new party.

“But on top of this humiliation, Tan Sri Muhyiddin’s political future is now dependent on Datuk Seri Anwar, as it will be he that says yes or no to Tun Mahathir’s pleadings.

“So Tan Sri Muhyiddin is now subservient to Datuk Seri Anwar,” he added.