Hisham: I have never written 'support letters' to the FBI before

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein(pic) has denied ever writing a letter of support for any individual addressed to the United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) while he was the Home Minister.

Hishammuddin, who is now Defence Minister, was responding to a comment by current Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who said that his "predecessors" had written such letters of support to the FBI before.

"Personally, I have never sent any support letter," Hishammuddin told reporters in Putrajaya Tuesday.

On Friday, Dr Ahmad Zahid said that his letter to the FBI was not meant to defend Malaysian Paul Phua Wei Seng, who is facing trial in the United States.

He said that he was merely clarifying that Phua was not a member of the 14K triad and that the secret society did not exist in Malaysia.

He also said there was nothing strange or controversial about issuing such clarification letters as his predecessors had done so before in their capacity as the minister responsible for national security.

He said Phua's lawyers in the United States had requested the letter through their local counterparts Shafee & Co, which then asked his office to give an explanation to the FBI.

Dr Ahmad Zahid added that the Cabinet heard and accepted his explanation why the letter was sent to the FBI.