Muhyiddin told to explain silence over assassination bid on PH leaders

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The Pakatan Harapan leadership council wants Muhyiddin Yassin to explain why he had not made public an attempt on the life of Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Lim Guan Eng by a lone assassin.


In a statement, the council demanded to know what was Muhyiddin’s motive, who was then home minister, for keeping the attempt under wraps.

“We regret Muhyiddin’s attitude over his failure to inform the leadership council or make public the attempt.

“This failure has raised questions about the motive and reasons the attempt was not made known to affected leaders and the PH government.

“Therefore, we call on Muhyiddin to give an explanation immediately,” they said in the statement.

The statement was signed by PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu.

The council also expressed its gratitude to police over its success in thwarting the assassination attempt on the PH leaders.

The matter came to light today at a forum when the Special Branch Counter-Terrorism unit (E8) assistant director Azman Omar disclosed that police had detained a man who admitted to wanting to kill several prominent leaders just before the country was put under the movement-control order last year.

The unit assistant director said the man had confessed to planning a lone wolf attack on Dr Mahathir, Lim, former attorney-general Tommy Thomas and ex-minister in the prime minister’s department Mujahid Yusof Rawa.

They were senior officials of the then PH government, which was toppled in late February and replaced by Perikatan Nasional in March.

“He wanted to stab them with a knife in a lone wolf attack. We managed to stop him from committing the crime in January 2020 a few months before the country was put under lockdown,” Azman told an online forum.

The forum was on the threats of radicalism and extremism during the pandemic.

Azman told the forum that the E8 unit only made seven arrests in 2020.

“Unlike the year before, we made more than ten raids and arrests. In 2018, we conducted 109 raids and arrests. The number varies.

“In 2020, apart from the man who wanted to launch the lone wolf attack, we also detained five men supporting Islamic State in January and in August we arrested a man in Singapore with the help from Singaporean police,” Azman added.

The forum was organised by The International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies Malaysia. – TMI