“I feel comfortable working with (Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri) Najib (Tun Razak) as a team in the cabinet as well as in matters concerning the party,” said Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
However, he stressed, the cooperation did not mean it was a political partnership.
Muhyiddin said this when asked to comment on the claim by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad several months ago in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan that Muhyiddin and Najib had formed a partnership and promised to undertake reforms in Umno, and to cooperate with each other.
He said this to reporters after attending a Hari Raya open house, here today.
Muhyiddin today announced that he was offering himself as a candidate for the party deputy presidency.
Commenting on the two nominations received by Najib and him from the Machang Umno division in Kelantan, and Kimanis in Sabah, for the post of president and deputy president respectively, Muhyiddin said it was a good start for himself and hoped that it would become a trend.
“We need a strong leadership that enables us to work together as a team,” he said.
Commenting on the call by some leaders that Dr Mahathir kept quiet instead of continuing to criticise Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Muhyiddin said it was not appropriate for the party to ignore the views and criticisms of the former prime minister although they did not share Dr Mahathir’s views.
He said ordering Dr Mahathir not to interfere in the affairs of the party could be likened to blocking him from expressing his views.