KUCHING, July 17: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has denied offering the deputy prime minister post to Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal last March when he was appointed the premier of the country.
Muhyiddin in a press statement today said he did not offer the DPM post which Shafie claimed in an interview with Malaysiakini on July 14.
He said it was Shafie’s own assumption.
“I would like to firmly state that I have never offered the position of deputy prime minister to him (Shafie) last March when I became the prime minister.
“Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal’s statement in the interview where he said: ‘he did not spell it out but I know about that matter’ was untrue,” Muhyiddin said.
Muhyiddin added that it was Shafie’s own assumption that he was being offered the DPM’s post.
Meanwhile, in the interview with Malaysiakini, Shafie reportedly said that Muhyiddin had approached him to obtain Parti Warisan Sabah’s (Warisan) support for the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government.
He reportedly claimed that Muhyiddin who is Pagoh MP had contacted him for a meeting two weeks after PN took power and became the federal government.
Shafie added that Muhyiddin had also texted him several weeks after he became prime minister. —DayakDaily