KUALA LUMPUR: The former Vice-President of UMNO Tan Sri Muhammad Taib who was also the ex-Selangor Menteri Besar has rejoined UMNO Sunday afternoon.
Announcing the news, UMNO President, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said: “He (Muhammad Taib) has realized that the opposition’s struggle namely PKR is in vain and it is against his soul and spirit and because of that God has opened his heart to return to UMNO.”
Najib said that he is confident Muhammad Taib will help strengthen UMNO and Barisan Nasional.
At the press conference held at the UMNO Headquarters, Menara Datuk Onn, Muhammad said: “The Malay agenda was not at all the priority to the opposition and only UMNO can do this. I promise I will do the best especially in Selangor to help UMNO and the success of BN.”
Muhammad Taib who was also the former UMNO Information Chief left the party in 2013 to join Pas but later joined PKR in 2015 and on 17 September returned to UMNO.
Before the announcement, the UMNO Secretary-General on Saturday invited all supreme council members to attend the media conference held on Sunday 4.45pm as the UMNO President would make an announcement.
About the Prime Minister’s announcement, there were many speculations made in the social media and the most popular one was that Najib would announce his intent to seek dissolution of Parliament to pave the way for the general election.
Muhammad Taib joined UMNO in 1964 and elected Vice President in 2004. He was the former Batang Kali State Assemblyman and won the general elections in 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1995. He served as Menteri Besar of Selangor from 1986 until 1997. However he was forced to quit in April 1997 after he was charged in Australia over currency irregularities amounting to RM3.8 million.
In 2006, he was appointed a senator in Dewan Negara. He was then appointed as a minister by the Prime Minister, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. However his stint in the Cabinet ended following a reshuffling by the new Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in April 2009. – Malaysia World News