Zaid apol­o­gises to Dr M and Daim, will quit pol­i­tics for good

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PETAL­ING JAYA: Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has re­tracted his state­ment about Tun Daim Zain­ud­din’s in­volve­ment with the Pakatan Hara­pan gov­ern­ment and the ref­er­ence to his role in mak­ing im­por­tant de­ci­sions.

The for­mer law min­is­ter said that he re­gret­ted his “un­fair and un­jus­ti­fied re­marks” and that he apol­o­gised to both Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad and Daim for the an­guish his writ­ing caused them.

Zaid said Fi­nance Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng had called him and said that his state­ment was un­called for as it was not true and not based on facts.

“He sug­gested that I make a re­trac­tion.

“Then my clos­est friends asked why I was pick­ing un­nec­es­sary fights with so many peo­ple. Even my fam­ily mem­bers seemed un­happy.

“They told me we would no longer have food on the ta­ble if I con­tin­ued giv­ing opin­ions about pow­er­ful peo­ple in the coun­try,” he said in a state­ment that was posted on Free Malaysia To­day.

Zaid said that the world came crash­ing down on him af­ter he sug­gested in a tweet and a blog post­ing that Daim and his bil­lion­aire friends were mak­ing key de­ci­sions for the Pakatan Hara­pan gov­ern­ment.

“In all my years of writ­ing, I have taken great pains to en­sure the ac­cu­racy of the in­for­ma­tion I re­ceived, but this one is ob­vi­ously faulty and has crossed the line of re­spon­si­ble writ­ing. “I much re­gret it,” he said. Zaid also said that he would cease writ­ing al­to­gether as it was best for his self-es­teem and his fam­ily’s wel­fare.

“I started writ­ing reg­u­larly nine years ago. It’s dif­fi­cult to write with hon­esty and some courage with­out up­set­ting or hurt­ing some feel­ings some­where,” he said.

He said when he pre­vi­ously spoke out about the un­de­sir­abil­ity of hav­ing Datuk Seri Na­jib Tun Razak as Prime Min­is­ter long be­fore the 1MDB scan­dals came to light, the re­ac­tion was sim­i­larly fast and fu­ri­ous.

He said this was why he re­tired from his law firm Zaid Ibrahim & Co, so that it would not suf­fer from the as­so­ci­a­tion with me.

“Such was the heavy price I have had to pay for the free­dom to speak on mat­ters that I thought were im­por­tant to the coun­try,” he said.

He also said that he would no longer be a mem­ber of any po­lit­i­cal party, hav­ing wasted enough years in pol­i­tics.

“Maybe Malaysian pol­i­tics does not need some­one like me, and I have re­alised this a lit­tle too late. I thought I had given Pakatan Hara­pan enough in the last eight years to at least get some re­spect and recog­ni­tion from its mem­bers, but it’s not to be,” he said.

He added that he would start work­ing again to pay off the debts he had ac­cu­mu­lated af­ter many years in the wilder­ness.

“They called me all sorts of names – mav­er­ick and what not – but don’t be­lieve them.

I am just a sim­ple man who be­lieves in truth and jus­tice, but I don’t have the means to fight any­more,” said Zaid.

ZAID

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