Ministry to probe leaked audio of ‘Idris and Ismail’, says deputy minister

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Communications and multimedia deputy minister Zahidi Zainul Abidin talking to reporters after the Umno Supreme Council meeting tonight.© Provided by Free Malaysia Today Communications and multimedia deputy minister Zahidi Zainul Abidin talking to reporters after the Umno Supreme Council meeting tonight.

PETALING JAYA: The communications and multimedia ministry will investigate a leaked audio recording of a telephone conversation purportedly between former Melaka chief minister Idris Haron and the prime minister.

In expressing his disappointment that the recording had gone viral on social media, deputy minister Zahidi Zainul Abidin lamented how it has now become a “trend” to leak private conversations.

“Such things have happened several times and we are disappointed with such irresponsible people who record private conversations. We need to investigate such incidents,” he told reporters after attending the Umno Supreme Council meeting.

Zahidi said in the past, recordings allegedly featuring former prime minister Najib Razak, as well as Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and his PKR counterpart Anwar Ibrahim were also leaked.

“And now it has happened to the prime minister. This is just embarrassing.”

According to news reports, the voice that supposedly belongs to Idris is heard explaining to Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob the reasons behind retracting support for Melaka chief minister Sulaiman Md Ali.

However, another voice in the recording, which was claimed to be that of Ismail, asked that any move to withdraw support for Sulaiman be stopped, so that his “credibility as prime minister” would not be questioned.

Idris has since denied being the man in the leaked audio recording, stating that it was “not possible” for him to call the prime minister or Ismail to call him.

In the audio clip, “Idris” also claimed that Barisan Nasional and Perikatan Nasional had ignored the needs of the Chinese and Indian communities in Melaka.

Idris has since been sacked from Umno, with the Supreme Council confirming tonight that his membership and that of Nor Azman Hassan had been terminated for retracting their support for Sulaiman which led to the collapse of the Melaka government.

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