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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at his open house at Taman Tasik Sultan Abu Bakar with Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob. Pix by Luqman Hkim Zubir

PEKAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak thanked his former deputy and two other former ministers for their commitment to be loyal to Umno despite being dropped from the Cabinet.

Najib, who is also Umno president, said ex-deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, former Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, former Domestic Trade, Co-operatives Development and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek had expressed their resolve to stay committed to Umno.

"Everyone has expressed their stand to remain loyal to the party," he said when addressing guests at his open house at Taman Tasik Sultan Abu Bakar here.

The Prime Minister removed the three from their Cabinet posts in a reshuffle on Tuesday.

In Umno hierarchy, Muhyiddin is the party's deputy president, Shafie a vice-president and Hasan a supreme council member.

Najib said he was grateful that the reshuffle had been well-received by the party and people.

"I hope the Syawal month and beyond is for us to be calm and think deeply for the future," he said.

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