PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic) has thanked Umno Youth for their opinions following calls from the party’s wings for him to go on leave.
The Umno president tweeted that he celebrates the differences of opinions but added that unity in the party must be upheld at all times.
“It is important for us to continue to move together in fighting enemies that want to destroy Umno,” he said in a tweet on Friday.
On Thursday, Umno Youth said that party president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi should go on leave until his court cases are settled.
“We are requesting him to go on leave and rest, but that does not mean we are saying he is guilty or that he must let go of his post as the party president. As he has not been found guilty, it is not fair of us to ask him to step down,” said Umno Youth chief Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki.
Last week, Dr Ahmad Zahid claimed trial to 45 charges of money laundering involving RM72mil and criminal breach of trust and accepting bribes involving RM42mil.
This is the first time a serving Umno president has been hauled up to court to face criminal charges.
Dr Asyraf said it would be unfair for Dr Ahmad Zahid to be burdened with the many duties as party president while facing court cases.
“Umno Youth sympathises with Dr Ahmad Zahid and is saddened with the many charges being levelled against our president.
“We want him to be given a just trial in the court and not a trial by media. However, it seems he has already been sentenced before he has been put on trial.
“We want the rule of ‘presumption of innocence’ and rule of law to be applied,” said Dr Asyraf.
He said Umno Youth would convey this request to Dr Ahmad Zahid himself during their retreat with him this weekend.