Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa has been sacked as the Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary-general in an abrupt shake-up of the coalition.
Sources told Malay Mail that his replacement is Datuk Ahmad Maslan who also took over as Umno secretary-general in March last year.
Annuar confirmed his removal when contacted this afternoon.
The decision said to be made today followed Annuar’s reported remarks perceived as being more friendly towards Bersatu, amid a move within Umno divisions nationwide to review ties with its allies in PN.
Last week, the Pasir Puteh Umno division called for Annuar’s sacking after claiming he has not respected the party president besides pre-empting party decisions.
The motion was proposed by Pasir Puteh Umno Youth chief Muhammad Saifullah Ali at the division’s delegates’ meeting on Saturday.
Annuar also has been seen constantly defending PN over Umno in several issues which have angered several leaders, including Supreme Council member Mohd Puad Zarkashi.
Last week, Annuar also rebuked Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki for claiming Umno will no longer negotiate with PAS for seats in the 15th general election.