“Just like the letter to the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong and the statement by Zahid on behalf of Barisan Nasional, the audio clip featuring him and Anwar having a telephone conversation to discuss the proceedings of UMNO general assembly last month is genuine”
Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
اءوديو بوچور زاهيد-انور: زاهيد چوبا ڤرداي اڬوڠ، بن لبيه سكالي سبلوم اين
On the 5th of January 2021, Tan Sri Annuar Musa revealed that Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had penned his support for PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as Prime Minister in a letter dated the 11th of October 2020, addressed to the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong.
Actually, I had exposed the existence of the letter on the 26th of October 2020 itself via an article (below) that also exposed how Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had signed the letter to express his support for Anwar as Prime Minister.
In the letter, Zahid not only expressed his own support, but the support of all Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament without consulting them or the coalition’s supreme council.
In other words, Zahid had tried to mislead the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong into thinking that all Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament agreed to support Anwar as Prime Minister, when in fact, those who did numbered less than five.
After facing mounting pressure over the existence of the letter, UMNO secretary Mohd Sumali Reduan quickly issued a statement, denying that the party had issued any letter supporting Anwar Ibrahim as the next prime minister.
“The UMNO president’s office has never issued such a letter.
“We are responsible for preparing all the correspondences and no party letter heads have been issued without a reference number,” he said.
But why did Zahid get Sumali to issue a denial when it was he who was accused of sending the letter to the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong?
Not satisfied, I undertook to expose in writing and via a live session that the letter was indeed genuine and challenged Zahid to deny the accusation in person.
To make sure that Zahid received the challenge, I presented it to him via a third party who just so happens to be someone very close to him.
However, not only Zahid shy away from the challenge, neither he nor his people lodged a police report against me for “spreading malicious rumours.”
Even the president of the MIC has come out to more or less confirm the existence of the letter.
Yesterday, S A Vigneswaran challenged Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Mohd Puad Zarkashi to ask Zahid about the latter’s purported backing for Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister.
Speaking to FMT, Vigneswaran asked: “Who’s the one that’s hasty? Who’s the one that sent a letter to the King in support of Anwar? If he’s bold enough, before he calls us hasty, he should ask his president who was the one that sent a letter to the Agong supporting Anwar as prime minister.”
The letter seems to have caused so much problems in Barisan Nasional that the coalition had to postpone its emergency meeting yesterday due to the reluctance of component party presidents to attend said meeting.
Many in Barisan Nasional are beginning to see that meetings no longer serve any purpose as Zahid does whatever he wants without consulting anybody and consistently manipulates what other component party leaders say or decide.
Previously, when Barisan Nasional met and decided not to touch on the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong’s decree on parliamentary sittings, Zahid came up with a completely different statement, one that qualified as a “complete about-turn” from what the coalition had agreed upon.
When the discrepancy was made public some 48 hours later by Vigneswaran and confirmed by MCA president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong, Zahid quickly got his people to announce the ‘suspension’ of Barisan Nasional’s media officer on the pretext that the officer had failed to get the ‘approval’ of BN’s secretariat.
Does this mean that nobody in Zahid’s team realised the “out of this world” discrepancy in the 48 hours his statement floated around the internet and the social media?
Is it not weird that Barisan Nasional’s media officer was suspended only a month for what can be construed as an attempt to ‘sabotage’ Zahid?
The writings on the wall are clear – Barisan Nasional is under siege by a leadership that is rejected by the majority and is on the verge of a catastrophic collapse.
Today, Zahid has denied having any conversation with Anwar after an audio clip purportedly featuring voices of the duo went viral.
The clip is said to be that of a telephone conversation between the two discussing the proceedings of UMNO general assembly last month.
“I strongly deny the conversation happened, as such in the audio recording. In fact I would like to emphasise that there was no conversation between me and Datuk Seri Anwar after the recent UMNO general assembly,” said Zahid.
“This is an evil and disgusting political ploy that only confirms the continuous efforts to weaken and destroy UMNO. I believe there will be more vile games like this to further belittle and destroy UMNO,” added the Bagan Datuk MP.
So why not lodge a police report? Zahid should do it persoanally, as his guys lack the locus standi to lodge a report on his behalf. But Zahid does not have the guts to do so.
Do you know why?
Because the clip is authentic.
Yes, just like the letter to the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong and the statement by Zahid on behalf of Barisan Nasional, the audio clip featuring him and Anwar having a telephone conversation to discuss the proceedings of UMNO general assembly last month is genuine.
At least, that is what I have been made to understand from the same people who confirmed – correctly, it seems – that the letter of support by Zahid to the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong was genuine.
As a point of interest, why not send the audio clip to the forensic department and have them verify its authenticity?