Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is the “best person” to be the Malaysian deputy prime minister.
“There are many contestants for the Umno deputy president’s position, but I think Muhyiddin is the best person to be deputy to (Datuk Seri) Najib (Razak),” the former prime minister said.
Dr Mahathir said the International Trade and Industry Minister had been “very vocal” over the leadership issue of late.
While backing Najib for the prime minister’s post, Dr Mahathir said Muhyiddin would bring a great deal of grassroots experience and knowledge.
“With hard work and cooperation, Najib and Muhyiddin would be able to lead a good government.
“With the global financial turmoil, Malaysia needs strong and decisive leadership,” said Dr Mahathir who was in Melbourne to speak at a Malaysian youth seminar and at an international multicultural symposium. — Bernama