PETALING JAYA: The emergence of the audio recording allegedly of Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim having a telephone conversation about Umno continues to stir political interest.
However, both the Umno president and PKR president had yet to lodge any police report over the leaked audio clip as of yesterday, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador at separate functions.
“Neither Ahmad Zahid nor Anwar’s officers have lodged reports but we have received reports from other individuals.
“If they did not do anything wrong, why be afraid? Just lodge a report. However, I also want to let the people know that it is an offence to lodge false reports, ” said Hamzah, who is also the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia secretary-general.
On Wednesday, an audio clip of a conversation between two voices sounding like Ahmad Zahid and Anwar went viral, discussing the former’s performance at the recent Umno annual general assembly.
The conversation between the two also touched on the need to hold an extraordinary Umno supreme council meeting to give the president the mandate to make the decision to leave the Perikatan Nasional government.
Prior to this, Hamzah said investigations would only be conducted if police reports had been lodged and that it was not wrong for Ahmad Zahid to call Anwar “teacher”.
He added that there was nothing wrong with the conversation.
“If he (Ahmad Zahid) wants to work with Anwar for either one to be prime minister, there’s nothing wrong with it.
“They are just afraid that people would see them as conspiring, but that’s another story, ” he said.
In Melaka, top cop Abdul Hamid said seven police reports had been lodged over the audio recording, but none from the individuals alleging the recording was a conspiracy.
The clip would be analysed when one of the two individuals lodged a police report, he said after a meeting with Operasi Bersepadu Khazanah (OBK) task force organised by the Wildlife and National Parks Department yesterday.
Separately, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said his party would not work with Umno in Muafakat Nasional if the latter strayed from the promises it made as heard in the viral audio clip.
After listening to the clip many times, he said he was convinced that the conversation on it was part of a new cooperation for Umno, and PAS did not want to be a part of that.
“That audio clip is part of a new cooperation (for Umno), and these are signs of a new arrangement.
“PAS is still with Perikatan, not this new cooperation. We refuse any such new cooperation (of Umno and PKR).
“We agreed to be part of Muafakat Nasional, which not only involved Umno but also Bersatu and all bumiputra groups, a plural society and Perikatan parties.
“Whether the audio clip is genuine or not, I cannot say, but I evaluated it by listening to it many times to decide its authenticity.
“Whether Ahmad Zahid should resign as Umno president, I leave it to Umno members, ” Abdul Hadi said after a morning lecture yesterday at Masjid Rusila in Terengganu.
He also said PAS would begin seat negotiations for the general election with Bersatu.
Former Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said many in the party were “very uncomfortable” with the purported conversation between Ahmad Zahid and Anwar.
“I think Ahmad Zahid’s position is increasingly untenable as president of the party.
“The party’s supreme council must meet and allow for the party election to take place immediately.
“The best way to move on is to have a party election now, not wait until year-end, ” said the Rembau MP at an autism awareness campaign launched by Duopharma Biotech and the National Autism Society of Malaysia.