Najib to the Defence of Zahid’s Loyalty

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Najib defends his deputy over Mahathir’s allegation that Zahid was disloyal.

A week after Dr Mahathir Mohamad alleged that Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was disloyal to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, the prime minister declared that he has faith in his deputy.

“He (Mahathir) has no idea. Our relationship goes way back to 1986 and we have been through thick and thin together throughout the years,” Najib said.

“I know all about his misery and his struggles. He is my comrade-in-arms,” he said during his speech at the opening of the Shah Alam Umno division meeting yesterday.

Mahathir had claimed that Zahid had asked for his support to topple the prime minister.

The deputy prime minister had denied the allegation and on Friday said he had a voice recording of the meeting.

According to Zahid, his meeting with Mahathir was also attended by several individuals who had planned to topple Najib by petitioning to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and planning a no-confidence vote.

Zahid said he would not betray Najib, saying he was grateful to the prime minister who he served as political secretary in 1987.

“How could I take down the prime minister 10 days after my appointment? 

 “I don’t bite the hand that feeds me,” Zahid added.

 On Saturday, he said he was prepared to swear in a mosque that he was not involved in an alleged conspiracy to bring down Najib.

“I have the voice recording and photos of the meeting with that person. 

“I am ready to accept the challenge and am willing to swear in any mosque that the one who planned to topple the prime minister was that person and not me.

“But that person must also be willing to swear as well,” Zahid said.

Yesterday, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang questioned why the tape recording of the purported meeting between Mahathir and Zahid soon after the latter was appointed as the deputy prime minister has still not been released.

“He said Mahathir also has a copy of the same recording of the meeting that was held by them in 2015.

“If so, why has the tape recording of the Mahathir-Zahid meeting yet to be played for everybody to know what actually transpired if it is true that both Zahid and Mahathir have a tape recording of their meeting in 2015?” Lim said in a statement.

On Aug 5, Deputy Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said that police will call in all relevant parties, including Mahathir, to assist in a probe on the allegations of toppling the government.

According to Noor Rashid, both camps have lodged reports against each other on the claims and two investigation papers have been opened.

He added that both investigation papers will be handled under Section 500 of the Penal Code for defamation.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid said that individuals from both camps have lodged reports against each other, he also revealed that two investigation papers have been opened on the case.

“We will carry out a very detailed investigation, and then we will submit our findings to the AG’s chambers,” Noor Rashid said.

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He added that the investigations will be carried out under Section 500 of the Penal Code which is punishment for defamation.