‘Audio clip will not destabilise Umno or BN’

JOHOR BARU: The controversy over the audio recording purportedly between Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will not destabilise Umno, says party vice-president Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic).

He said there had been mixed views about the recording, with some claiming it was authentic while others said it was fake.

“Umno had never stopped its members from giving their thoughts on the issue but the best way is to let the police investigate it.

“Hopefully, the police will be able to expedite their investigation and bring an end to any speculation or differences on the issue, ” he told reporters at a state Umno Bangkit 15 programme here yesterday.

Ismail Sabri also expressed confidence that MCA and MIC would continue to be with Umno in the 15th general election.

“There were differences of opinion, even strong statements from Barisan component party leaders, but this will not threaten our unity.

“Even when Barisan was the government, some statements were a bit hard but they never disunited us.

“When Barisan was defeated in the last election, other parties left but MIC and MCA stayed. I believe they will stay with Barisan, ” he said.

Several news portals had reported that MCA and MIC would do better with Perikatan Nasional as the two parties were allegedly fighting for survival under Umno.

In Klang, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said a copy of the audio recording had been sent to a forensic laboratory to determine its authenticity.

But he could not say how long it would take to analyse the clip.

“The analysis findings will be sent to the Attorney General’s Chambers, for it to classify any offence that may have been committed.

“In whichever case, we will try to settle the matter quickly so that investigations can be speeded up, ” he said after launching the Selangor police Taman Angkat Amanita programme in Bandar Puteri here.

Abdul Hamid added that the police would call Ahmad Zahid and Anwar, the presidents of Umno and PKR respectively, to have their statements recorded.

“Investigating officers are waiting for the right time to call them up.

“If they think they have been victimised or slandered, they should lodge reports; an investigation can be opened from this angle, ” he said.

Abdul Hamid also said the public were welcome to lodge police reports if they were distressed by the audio clip, which had gone viral.

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