Zahid comes under heavy fire

PETALING JAYA: Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has come under heavy fire for going against the collective decision made by the coalition not to support any political pacts for now, with MCA reiterating its call for him to resign.MCA secretary-general Datuk Chong Sin Woon (pic) said during the meeting on Tuesday night, MCA and other Barisan component parties had questioned Ahmad Zahid on why he had gone against the coalition’s resolution.

“At first, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid denied, but he later admitted it when evidence was produced. He had gone against the collective decision by the Barisan supreme council. “He also did not communicate Barisan’s resolution correctly to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Chong said MCA believed Ahmad Zahid was no longer fit to continue leading Barisan.

“We call for his resignation from his position as Barisan chairman, to be replaced by Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan as proposed during the supreme council meeting,” he said.

Chong also refuted the contents of a viral letter purportedly by Ahmad Zahid claiming that Barisan supported Pakatan Harapan chairman Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister.

“The claims in the letter are completely out of line with the decision made by the Barisan supreme council in both meetings on Nov 22.

“In both meetings, the supreme council had resolved that Barisan will not support anyone as the prime minister at this moment,” he said.

MIC president Tan Sri SA Vigneswaran was reported to have said that Ahmad Zahid had admitted to presenting the letter to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“He acknowledged sending the letter after 10 Barisan MPs withdrew their support for Perikatan Nasional chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and for Barisan to remain out of any pact,” he said.

In a Facebook post, former Ketereh Umno MP Tan Sri Annuar Musa also accused Ahmad Zahid of trying to dupe the King with a false letter.

The former communications and multimedia minister claimed the confidential letter addressed to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah dated Nov 22 was not the truth.

The Facebook post was also accompanied by the three-page letter.

“This letter is now viral on social media. See Article 4. The Barisan chairman informed the King that he had chaired the meeting, where it had been decided that the 30 Barisan MPs supported Pakatan chairman Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister.

“We were however informed that the Barisan meeting resolved that the bloc will not support any candidate.

“Who is lying here? The people want an explanation from the Barisan supreme council members,” said Annuar.

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