A veteran Umno leader has backed Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's call to sack and investigate the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MBD) board of directors.
Speaking to reporters at the Parliament lobby, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah described Muhyiddin's position as an appropriate stand.
The Gua Musang MP and former finance minister said the government would be left red-faced if Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak did not heed the suggestion of his deputy.
Tengku Razaleigh (photo) was responding to Muhyiddin's remarks at a closed-door meeting with four Umno divisions.
In a leaked video of his speech, the deputy prime minister said he conveyed his call for the 1MBD board to be axed to Najib, but nothing happened.
"If, in the event the prime minister doesn't heed his deputy's statement to a group of Umno leaders, then it would be very embarrassing for the government because he (Muhyiddin) is a senior member," said Tengku Razaleigh, who is popularly known as Ku Li.
Given that the 1MDB issue was raised by the opposition four years ago, while former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad jumped on it several months back, he said Muhyiddin might have notified Najib of the problems surrounding the issue.
"I would have thought, being a deputy prime minister, he would have whispered to the prime minister to get PM's attention on the problems of 1MDB and the country," Tengku Razaleigh said
The deputy prime minister, he added, must have alerted Najib as to which way he was going to act.