SETIA KEPADA ABDULLAH: Mohamad Hassan, Menteri Besar Negeri Sembilan, merupakan orang kedua selepas Zaid Ibrahim mendesak Muhyiddin Yassin meletakkan jawatan selepas Naib Presiden Umno itu meminta Abdullah Ahmad Badawi memikirkan semula tempoh peralihan kuasa beliau kepada Najib Razak.
Hanya Malaysian Insider menulis mengenai kenyataan Mohamad ketika satu majlis berbuka puasa di Seremban yang dihadiri Abdullah.
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(The Malaysian Insider) Negeri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Hassan tonight fired the first salvo at Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin - telling him that he should resign from the Cabinet if he had lost confidence in the Prime Minister.
The former corporate player urged Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to be ruthless against those who want to be heroes for own self interest.
Speaking at the Masjid Taman Tuanku Jaafar before Isyak prayers, he told the PM, who was in the audience, that he would support him all the way and come what may.
He noted that unity was important in the country, government and party.
He could not understand how someone could renege on a plan agreed to, referring to
Muhyiddin's decision to ask Abdullah to hand over power to Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak soon, and not in 2010 as endorsed by the Umno Supreme Council.
Mohamed said that such politicians should not criticize their leaders in public especially when they too had agreed with the transition plan. If they disagreed with the PM or had lost confidence in him, they should resign from Cabinet.
Not once did he mention Muhyiddin's name but the audience understood sting of his message and who it was being directed at.
On Wednesday, the Umno vice-president - a persistent critic of the PM since the general elections - urged Abdullah to leave office earlier than outlined in his transition plan.
Today, he told reporters that he was prepared to face the consequences of breaking ranks with the council, saying that it was his duty to articulate the concerns of the rank and file.
Mohamed Hassan's speech tonight suggests that any move to force out Abdullah will be challenged by his loyalists.
There is a sentiment among senior politicians and Cabinet members that Muhyiddin should resign from the Abdullah administration since he no longer has confidence in the PM.