KUALA LUMPUR: Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has denied an allegation that the party’s candidates for the 15th general election (GE15) were asked to sign a letter pledging support for him and giving him the mandate to form the Cabinet if Barisan Nasional wins the polls.
"That’s a lie," he said briefly when asked to comment on the claim reported by a news portal on Monday (Oct 31).
Ahmad Zahid, who is also Barisan chairman, declined to comment on speculation that incumbent Arau MP Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim would be dropped as a candidate in GE15.
"Wait for tonight’s announcement if you want clarification on the speculation," he added.
Umno is scheduled to unveil its list of parliamentary candidates at the Kuala Lumpur World Trade Centre on Tuesday (Nov 1).
The former deputy prime minister told reporters this after attending his corruption trial involving Yayasan Akalbudi funds at the High Court on Tuesday.
Shahidan, in his Facebook post, said the Arau Barisan operations rooms were closed last night ahead of GE15.
"Tonight is a very sad night. All Barisan operations rooms in the Arau parliamentary constituency have been closed and the flags taken down. First time in history," he said.
Media reports have speculated that Shahidan and incumbent Padang Besar MP Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin were not in the Umno candidate list for GE15. - Bernama