29th July – Muhyiddin said that he accepted the sacking with an open heart. He added that he believes that his deputy presidency in Umno is still secure and will continue his duties because he will not abandon his duties. He added that the ‘routine’ Umno Supreme Council meeting scheduled for Friday will go on as usual.
To this, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, the secretary-general of the party announced that the meeting has since been ‘cancelled’.
28th July – In what is seen as a not-so-surprising move, the prime minister announced a reshuffling of the Cabinet. The biggest casualty was that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the deputy prime minister being removed from office and is now just an MP in Parliament.
Taking his place is Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidid who holds the Home Minister’s post as well. Najib said that it was a ‘difficult position’ to remove Muhyiddin but it was a necessary one so that the Cabinet can function collectively and in unison.
It became clear why Muhyiddin had only a day earlier voiced his criticisms against Najib over the 1MDB fiasco. Meanwhile, Zahid said that it was not a ‘reward’ that he was appointed as the second man in the Cabinet.
Another casualty was Datuk Seri Mhod Shafie Apdal, who has been vocal about the 1MDB crisis where he no longer holds the Minister of Rural and Regional Development portfolio while the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek was dropped as well.
Expectedly, Datuk Seri G Palanivel lost his place in the Cabinet as the Natural Resources and Environment while long-time Najib supporter Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said was reappointed into the Cabinet as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.
Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, the chairman of the PAC (Public Accounts Committee) currently probing the 1MDB crisis has been seconded to become Deputy Home Minister.