ZAHID DE­NIES PLOT TO TOP­PLE PM

Zahid says he has proof he did not plot to top­ple PM in 2015

New Straits Times - - Front Page - ADIE SURI ZULKE­FLI AND SU­LAIMAN JAA­FAR JER­LUN news@nst.com.my

THE deputy prime min­is­ter rub­bishes the for­mer pre­mier’s al­le­ga­tion that he sought to oust Prime

Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak two years ago. Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi says he has an au­dio record­ing of the meet­ing with the per­son (in an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to Dr Ma­hathir) to prove his case.

DEPUTY Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said he had an au­dio record­ing as proof that he did not plot to top­ple Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak two years ago.

Zahid said the lat­est al­le­ga­tion that he had plot­ted to oust the prime min­is­ter was base­less.

He said it was il­log­i­cal for him to de­vise such a plot only af­ter 10 days of his ap­point­ment as deputy prime min­is­ter in July 2015.

In an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to the re­cent al­le­ga­tion by for­mer prime min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad, Zahid said: “That was his agenda to oust the prime min­is­ter, but two years af­ter the meet­ing, the per­son is ac­cus­ing me of try­ing to re­move the prime min­is­ter.

“Stop the lies. I have an au­dio record­ing of the meet­ing I had with the per­son. Maybe he has for­got­ten, but I never for­get,” he said when open­ing the Jer­lun Umno di­vi­sion del­e­gates’ meet­ing in Kubang Pasu yes­ter­day.

Zahid, who is also Umno vicepres­i­dent, said his meet­ing with Dr Ma­hathir then was with Na­jib’s con­sent.

“It was this per­son who had told me about his plan to force the prime min­is­ter out of of­fice by mo­bil­is­ing law­mak­ers, in­clud­ing from Barisan Na­sional (BN), to sup­port a vote of no-con­fi­dence in Par­lia­ment against the prime min­is­ter.

“Fail­ing which, the per­son had told me about the back-up plan to pe­ti­tion the Con­fer­ence of Rulers to ask the prime min­is­ter to step down.

“Iron­i­cally, the per­son is now ac­cus­ing me of plot­ting to oust the prime min­is­ter.”

How­ever, Zahid said, he did not wish to make the au­dio record­ing pub­lic for now.

He said the leader had held grudges against him since he won the Umno Youth chief’s post in 1996 by de­feat­ing other can­di­dates favoured by the leader.

He said the leader then seized the op­por­tu­nity to use the now re­pealed In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity Act (ISA) on grounds of hav­ing dif­fer­ent views with the then party lead­er­ship fol­low­ing the sack­ing of Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim as the deputy prime min­is­ter in 1998.

“The leader used ISA to oust me from the party. While un­der ISA de­ten­tion, I was told to sign a let­ter to re­sign as the party’s Youth chief.

“Not only that, the next day, I was made to sign an­other let­ter claim­ing that I had re­signed on my own free will,” he said.

De­spite this, Zahid said, he re­mained loyal to Umno and had never left to form an­other party.

He re­it­er­ated his loy­alty to Na­jib’s lead­er­ship and vowed to con­tinue as­sist­ing the party pres­i­dent.

“I have known Na­jib for decades.

“He made me his po­lit­i­cal sec­re­tary when he was ap­pointed as youth and sports min­is­ter in 1987, and I will never for­get his good deeds to me.

“Hence, I will never bite the hand that feeds me and I will never be­tray him (Na­jib),” Zahid said.

Mean­while, Umno Supreme Coun­cil mem­ber Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said Dr Ma­hathir could make any claim, but he must prove it.

“When two or three peo­ple are in­volved in a con­ver­sa­tion, they must have the right to de­fend what was said (in the meet­ing),” he said af­ter open­ing the Pasir Mas Umno di­vi­sion del­e­gates’ meet­ing at SMK Sul­tan Ibrahim 1 in Pasir Mas, Ke­lan­tan, yes­ter­day.

Mahdzir, who is also ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter, said Dr Ma­hathir’s claim was mainly aimed at split­ting Umno by show­ing that there was a prob­lem be­tween the prime min­is­ter and his deputy.

On an­other note, Mahdzir said it was im­prob­a­ble for PKR, DAP and Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia to unite to face BN in the next gen­eral elec­tion.

He said the three op­po­si­tion par­ties had dif­fer­ing agen­das to mount a co­he­sive chal­lenge against BN.

“I don’t think DAP is ready to sac­ri­fice ev­ery­thing and al­low Pakatan Hara­pan to make de­ci­sions.” Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Em­bun Ma­jid

PIC BY AM­RAN HAMID

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi open­ing the Jer­lun Umno di­vi­sion del­e­gates’ meet­ing in Kubang Pasu yes­ter­day.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.