Umno VP DS Hishammuddin Hussein and Wanita chief DS Shahrizat Abdul Jalil had denied that deputy president TS Muhyiddin Yassin will be sacked from the party at the meeting.
Some decided that denial should put to rest the rumour of Muhyiddin's impending sacking which has been a hot topic of discussion ever since he was stripped off his deputy prime minister and education minister posts during the recent Cabinet reshuffle.
However, my gut instinct tells me that Muhyiddin will indeed be sacked along with a few others.
My blogging captain Rocky in his latest posting,
... But I remember how both Anwar and Mahathir were dismissing rumours of a rift, right before the cracks gave way to the gaping abyss.
What ever it is, Umno president DS Najib Razak has not denied the rumour.
Logically, Najib should remove Muhyiddin and replaces him with someone else as his deputy.
I can't see how they can work together now.
It will be too difficult for Najib to have Muhyiddin, who openly questions his decisions as prime minister and Umno president to continue being his right hand man over the next two and a half years before the next general election.
Bear in mind that Umno needs to be united and on top of that convince the people, especially the Malays that it is still the best choice to safeguard their interests.
If Najib doesn't remove Muhyiddin now, he can expects more problems later when the latter continues to openly express his disagreement.
I don't think Muhyiddin will shut up if he is allowed to remain as Umno deputy president.
Discontent within Umno will continue if this happen.
Hishammuddin and Shahrizat said there were many other issues that the party leadership needs to tackle at the coming supreme council meeting, but for me, the Muhyiddin's issue needs to be tackled first before the party can move on.
Najib should know this.
If Muhyiddin stays as a party leader, the rebels will see it as a victory for them and it will encourage them to continue the fight.
I don't think Najib will let this happen.
In my opinion, he will make a calculated move to sack Muhyiddin from at least his party posts, thus removing any threat left from the man.
There will be some protests here and there but things will eventually cool down.
It's the same when Najib made the decisive move to replace the Attorney General, dismantled the special task force investigating 1MDB, etc.
Malaysians are after all not really good rebels.
They generally have a good life and don't really want to lose it.
It's even more so among Umno members.
And Muhyiddin is not at all like DS Anwar Ibrahim.
He won't go to the streets like Anwar did which trigger the violent Reformasi protests of the late 1990s.
Even if he wants, Muhyiddin does not have the same mass appeal of Anwar to do it.
As for the other "nuisances" such as VP DS Shafie Apdal and others, with Muhyiddin gone, they could be easily dealt with.
However, Kedah MB DS Mukhriz Mahathir, who is the son of his currently fiercest critic Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, will continue to be a tricky issue for Najib.
It will be very difficult to remove him because
And this is what I wrote about removing Mukhriz,