Zahid demands apology from Tun M over claims he asked corruption charges to be dropped

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KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has told his lawyers to issue a letter of demand (LOD) to compel an apology from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

This follows Dr Mahathir’s claims that Zahid had sought his help to drop corruption charges against the Umno president.

Zahid said Dr Mahathir had invited him alongside other political party presidents to meet the Langkawi MP at his residence to support a proposal to form a unity government.

“Together with presidents of (other political) parties, I was invited by Tun M (Dr Mahathir) to endorse our support to form a unity government.

“It is impossible for me, in the presence of many people, to ask for the charges against me to be dropped.

“I had never asked Tun M to do such a thing,” he said in a posting on his social media which was accompanied by screenshot of a news report.

Zahid added that it was also impossible to make such a request since Dr Mahathir was yet to be appointed as the country’s seventh prime minister.

“At the time, I was still the deputy prime minister and there was no investigation related to corruption launched against me, what more charges (in court).

“I have instructed my lawyer to issue the LOD to Tun M for him to apologise for his lies,” he said.

Earlier during a press conference at the Perdana Leadership Foundation in Putrajaya near here today, Dr Mahathir claimed that Zahid alongside several people had met him at his house.

“Accompanied by two or three persons, he came to meet me at my house. He wanted to ‘berbaik-baik’ (be friendly) with me after there were possibilities that I would become the prime minister again.

“That is why he wanted to befriend with me.

“However, at the time, I already knew his problems and that the possibility of him going to be arrested for the crimes he allegedly committed,” Dr Mahathir told reporters.

Dr Mahathir had claimed that Zahid attempted to look for ways to drop the corruption charges against him after the Pakatan Harapan pact came into power.

© New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd

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