KUALA LUMPUR: There is no evidence to support claims that Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi possessed RM230mil in assets, says Datuk Liew Vui Keong.
The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) would investigate if there was any element of wrongdoing under its jurisdiction against the former deputy prime minister.
“There is no statement or evidence that supports the existence of this money.
“The MACC would investigate if there is solid information or evidence,” said Liew in a written reply to Ramkarpal Singh (PH-Bukit Gelugor).
Ramkarpal had asked if the Government would investigate allegations on assets worth RM230mil allegedly owned by Dr Ahmad Zahid.
In August last year, Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also Bagan Datuk MP, offered himself to be investigated by the MACC over allegations that he had RM230mil when he was in Umno Youth.
The claims were first made by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
2 August 2017
Flashback – Zahid’s wealth under focus at 98′ Umno AGM
The 1998 Umno general assembly was a poignant event.
It was Anwar Ibrahim’s last as party’s deputy president and deputy prime minister. Two months after the meeting, Dr Mahathir Mohamad had sacked him.
During that period, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who was then Umno Youth chief, was known to be aligned to Anwar.
In his speech at the Umno Youth wing assembly, Zahid had raised the issues of nepotism and cronyism, which was aimed at Mahathir and his associates.
According to an Utusan Malaysia news report dated June 19, 1998, he had called on Umno to eradicate this practice.
Zahid mentioned how Sime Bank came close to being shut down due to providing loans amounting up to RM300 million without concrete collateral to certain quarters.
Following his speech, then Raub Umno division vice chief Suhaimi Ibrahim urged Zahid to declare his assets to the prime minister to proof he was not involved in elements of nepotism and cronyism.
Commenting on this, Zahid said his success in the corporate sector was not due to government contracts or privatisation projects.
“My wealth is not stolen, and not acquired through cheating. I have declared everything to the prime minister,” he added.
Zahid said he had acquired his assets when the economy was booming but was unsure as to “how much was left” given the economic downturn at the time.
“I never got any privatisation projects. I never received any government tenders. I also did not benefit from my position as Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) chairperson,” he said.
Zahid also revealed he had declared his assets to Mahathir after winning the Umno Youth chief post in 1996.
Zahid’s political future uncertain, says Zam
The ex-minister says pressure is coming from Umno and the public after Mahathir’s disclosure of an alleged secret meeting.
PETALING JAYA: Deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s future in politics is now uncertain as he faces pressure from members of his own party as well as the general public, according to former minister Zainuddin Maidin.
Zainuddin, speaking to FMT late yesterday, said this could be the reason why Zahid had yet to say anything about the criticism and the police reports lodged against him over his disclosure of details found in what he said was former premier Mahathir Mohamad’s identity card.
Zahid’s press secretary has since given a response, saying the issue had been blown out of proportion.
“Zahid’s morale is really low now,” Zainuddin claimed. “What he did with Mahathir’s identity card is what schoolchildren do. The public never expected a deputy prime minister to go that low.”
The former information minister also referred to Mahathir’s claim that Zahid once secretly met him to seek his support for a bid to replace Najib Razak as prime minister.
Zainuddin also claimed that Zahid’s loyalty to Umno and its president was now under question. “It will remain so unless he can really convince party members that what Mahathir alleged was untrue,” he added.
Mahathir, in a video recently uploaded to PPBM’s Facebook page, alleged that the secret meeting took place soon after Zahid was appointed deputy prime minister in 2015.
The former PM, who is Pakatan Harapan chairman, alleged that Zahid took the path of deception after failing to get his backing.
1 August 2017
Dr M strikes at Zahid again, recalls ‘asset declaration’
Dr Mahathir Mohamad today took another dig at Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, raising the asset declaration he made when Mahathir was prime minister.
Mahathir claimed the declaration Zahid made to him in 1996 had revealed the latter possessed nine figures in his bank account.
“Perhaps Zahid has forgotten his asset declaration made to me as prime minister when he was appointed as Umno Youth chief.
“When I asked where he obtained the RM230 million in his bank account, his answer was unclear.
“If he can remember, he should explain where such large amount of money came from,” Mahathir said in a blog posting today.
Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/390576#33S4Q4mcHg7Ko0DY.99
31 July 2017
Dr M: Zahid once asked for my support to replace Najib as PM
Dr Mahathir Mohamad has recalled a time when Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had met him to seek his support and sympathy to replace Najib Abdul Razak as the prime minister.
Without revealing further details, Mahathir said Zahid himself should remember what had transpired during the meeting between them.
“Zahid should remember when he became the DPM, he came to see me to try and seek my sympathy, my support.
“I told Zahid the truth, even if Najib were to resign, which is impossible, Zahid must still wait for Umno to decide who should replace Najib,” he said in a video posted on Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s Facebook page.
“So when he needs my sympathy he will come. Now when he cannot get it, he will look for ways to lie like this,” said Mahathir in response to Zahid’s aspersion over his alleged Indian parentage.
Zahid had also accused Mahathir of exploiting the Malays during his 22-year administration.
“I am ashamed that a person like this can be in the cabinet,” said Mahathir.
Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/390457#yQfrLjAl0QVLu3mb.99
Najib’s move to elevate Hishammuddin’s stature is reminiscent of 2015, when the prime minister axed his then deputy Muhyiddin Yassin and replaced him with Zahid.
According to MyKMU.net, the biggest question, in the minds of political observers is whether Hishammuddin was brought into the Prime Minister’s Department to strengthen Najib, or if the move was part of a transition of power plan.
13 April 2017
Ahmad Zahid will never be the prime minister, says Zam
The post of deputy prime minister is all Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is meant to be, claims former Umno minister Zainudin Maidin, following the appointment of Hishammuddin Hussein as a special functions minister.
“This appointment confirms that the future of the country is in the hands of Hishammuddin as the prime minister.
“He (Hishammuddin) will be the prime minister of Malaysia and Ahmad Zahid is only suitable to be a deputy prime minister forever,” Zainudin, the former editor-in-chief of Utusan Malaysia who is widely known as Zam, said in a blog posting last night.
What would happen if Najib replaces Zahid with Hisham?
ANALYSIS | Umno may be in for a tumultuous time as speculation is rife that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is gearing up to have his cousin Hishammuddin Hussein replace present deputy Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
While there may be other motives behind Hishammuddin’s appointment as minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of special affairs, the move could agitate Zahid’s supporters, who may feel their leader is about to be betrayed.
If speculation turns to reality, this may lead to a major break up in Umno.
“If Zahid (flips), then Umno will break,” political analyst Ahmad Atory Husain told Malaysiakini.
Fellow pundit Jeniri Amir also believed such a move would lead to “sharp conflict” within the party.
A split with Zahid’s supporters would be costly for Umno with elections looming, as the party’s de facto number two is widely popular with the grassroots.
In the 2013 party elections, he won the most votes for vice president, securing support of 185 divisions.
In contrast, Hishammuddin almost lost his spot as one of Umno’s three vice presidents, having won just over 100 divisions, just nine more than runner-up Mukhriz Mahathir.
12 April 2017
Even pro-Umno portal speculates on appointment, offers different take
With speculation rife on the implications of Hishammuddin Hussein’s appointment as a special functions minister on Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s political future, a pro-Umno portal has also coughed up its own take on the matter.
While some observers claim the appointment could frustrate Zahid’s ambition of becoming prime minister, MyKMU.net however suggested that Hishammuddin is being prepped for the number two post instead.
The portal’s article is a peculiar twist since MyKMU has often defended Najib’s decisions and trained its guns on those questioning it as opposed to offering a speculation itself.
Instead, the portal said the lack of explanation surrounding the sudden appointment, apart from Hishammuddin being roped in to assist his cousin, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, was bound to fuel speculation.
“So it opens (the door) to all sorts of speculations, especially regarding unity in the party (Umno) and government,” read the article titled “Perlantikan Hishammuddin sebahagian pelan peralihan kuasa atau sekadar keperluan pentadbiran? (Hishammuddin’s appointment, part of a transition of power plan or an administrative need?).”
MyKMU said although the government had appointed special functions ministers in the past such as Daim Zainuddin and Mustapha Mohamed, the situation involving Hishammuddin was different.
Those appointed before, it noted, were not elected representatives or cabinet members, and were brought in as special functions ministers to help the prime minister, especially in economic matters.
“On the contrary, Hishammuddin is already in the cabinet and a senior ministry,” it stated in reference to his defence portfolio.
GET TO KNOW THE NEW DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER BETTER
1. On 16 May 2013, one day after he was appointed the new Home Minister after the 13th general elections, Zahid Hamidi told Malaysians who were unhappy with the country’s political system and GE13 results to leave the country
2. He openly warned a Malaysiakini journalist to not “play fire” with him and to “write according to journalism ethics” during a press conference held in conjunction with his first day as Home Minister on 20 May 2013
3. In October 2013, he was alleged to have declared a “shoot first” policy for police officers when faced with suspected gang members or criminals. He later clarified that the quote was taken out of context.
4. He was also reported to have referred to the Tiga Line underworld group as “friends” and even urged them to “do what they need to do”. He also threatened journalists who were present that he will close down their newspapers if they reported his statements.
5. In March 2014, Zahid became public enemy number one when the Home Ministry announced a ban on an Ultraman comic book over the use of “Allah” to describe the Japanese superhero
6. In November 2014, Zahid revealed that the Home Ministry and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) are setting up a firewall to filter out websites such as YouTube so that Malaysians don’t get to watch certain content
Muhyiddin Yassin has been dropped as deputy prime minister in the latest cabinet reshuffle unveiled by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak this afternoon.
Umno vice-president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has been named as the new number two and would also retain the home ministry portfolio.
Speculation had been rife that Muhyiddin, who is also Umno deputy president, would be axed due to his critical remarks regarding the 1MDB imbroglio.
Also axed is another vocal critic of 1MDB Mohd Shafie Apdal.
The Umno vice-president from Sabah was the rural and regional development minister.
A new appointment to the cabinet is Salleh Said Keruak, who is the current Sabah state assembly speaker.
The staunch Najib supporter, who often defends the prime minister on his blog, is the new communication and multimedia minister.
He replaces Ahmad Shabery Cheek who would now oversee the agriculture and agro-based industry portfolio.
Najib was flanked by Zahid when the new cabinet announcement was made at the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya.
IF NAJIB WERE TO BE REMOVED AS PRIME MINISTER, GUESS WHO WILL BE THE NEXT ONE? Ask Dr Mahathir.
Dr M’s disease: Mahathirish perverse illogic.
6:17PM May 28, 2014
Zahid diagnosed with ‘Dr M’s disease’
Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has a knack for stealing the thunder. But it is often followed by bolts of criticism such as in the case of his infamous ‘Chinese who vote DAP are ingrates’ remark.
Based on this symptom, Lim Kit Siang diagnosed the home minister with an illness he said was spread by former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
It is called “Mahathirish perverse illogic”.
*OF THE OFFERS TO SLAP THIS MAN, SLAP THAT MAN, THERE SEEM TO BE NO END…
Last week, Yong offered RM500 to anyone who slaps Zahid following the latest kidnapping at a resort on Sabah’s east coast.
Malaysiakini 8:25PM Apr 8, 2014
Zahid to Yong: Slap me, get RM501
Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today challenged former Sabah chief minister Yong Teck Lee to slap the former and claim a RM501 reward.
During his address to home ministry staff at Putrajaya this morning, Zahid said Yong need not pay someone else to do the deed and should be brave enough to do it himself. “There a benevolent person who offered RM500 to the person who slaps me, anyone who does the deed will get the money.
“I am also making an offer – of RM501 – to this good person for him to personally come slap me. “If he is brave enough to do so, why ask others to slap me?” he asked, according to Utusan Online, without naming Yong.
SLAP ZAHIM HAMIDI AND GET RM500!
5:38PM Apr 4, 2014
Zahid gets slap offer, deputy wants resorts shut down
Former Sabah chief minister Yong Teck Lee promised RM500 to those who slap the home minister over the security breach, which saw a Chinese national and Filipino resort worker taken hostage by armed men. Apart from this, the SAPP president also offered a RM1,000 to any MP who would move a motion in Parliament to slash the salaries of the home minister (right), defence minister and rural development minister. “This to show the anger of Sabahans over the repeated failures of the federal government to fulfill its constitutional duty to protect Sabah and its people,” he added. Previously, Zahid was embroiled in a “slap controversy” after he declared in February there was nothing wrong when a coalition of right wing NGOs offered a bounty to slap an opposition MP. http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/259119
Malaysiakini 12:00PM Feb 9, 2014
Bounties aplenty on Twitterjaya to slap Zahid
Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s dismissal of threats to slap a DAP MP as a non-issue, has emboldened Malaysians to offer their own bounties. But unlike the group of Muslim NGOs who offered up to RM1,200 for anyone who can slap Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, netizens offered rewards to those brave enough to slap some sense into Ahmad Zahid.
The bounties offered went as low as 5 sen to as high as RM1,500, with some netizens organising fundraisers for the ’cause’. Tweets on the matter in both English and Bahasa Malaysia continued to pour in from Twitterjaya – a monicker for the Malaysian Twittersphere – until late yesterday, with some even offering bundles of kangkung for the deed. Some, like media personality Asha Gill, put a charitable twist to the scheme, although most seem largely motivated by their annoyance over what they claimed was an illogical statement by Ahmad Zahid.
Responding to a Malaysiakini tweet on Ahmad Zahid’s statement, Gill said: “The idiot! I offer 10 cents (sic) for him to be slapped. “Get one big basket, line up the slap-fest and each donate 10 sen. Then donate all the moolah to stateless kids and send him a roast chicken!” she added, referring to the chickens slaughtered in the protest against Kok on Thursday.
Anti-crime activist R Sanjeevan, meanwhile, upped the ante when responding to an offer to print posters advertising RM500 cash rewards to anyone who slaps the minister. “I’ll offer RM1000!” he tweeted.
Netizens poke fun at Zahid after his dismissal of slap threat by protesters
Netizens are having a field day poking fun at Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s dismissal of an assault threat on DAP MP Teresa Kok.
Disappointed and angered by Zahid’s statement, in which he said there was no need to investigate the reward offer by a group to anyone who slaps Kok, netizens took to micro-blogging site Twitter to mock him. “Zahid Hamidi says reward for slapping Teresa Kok isn’t a threat… After this, a lot of people are going to get slaps!!!” said Twitter user @nurislah.
“Why do we need to investigate that? Slapping is not a threat. If they say murder, then it is a threat,” he said, adding action would only be taken if the act were carried out. Responding to this, some cheeky Twitter users such as @slaveration said, “Zahid Hamidi come over here and let me slap you”.
“Is it possible if I want to slap Zahid Hamidi’s face for free? Is it a threat against him? Don’t arrest me for intimidation,” tweeted @aimanhkim. Meanwhile, The Malaysian Insider has been inundated with comments from readers hitting out at Zahid.
“So, anyone can also offer $5,000 to slap Zahid and expect no police action?” posted a reader using the nickname “stewoolf”. Some were quick to recall the assault case involving Zahid, in which he was sued by businessman Amir Bazli Abdullah for allegedly punching him in the face.
“Homeland gangsta: ‘I’ve punched someone blue and black and gotten way with it… So what’s a little slap?’” commented “englim” on The Malaysian Insider, referring to the court case, which was dismissed last month after Amir’s lawyer Karpal Singh said his client had gone missing.
Ayah Uda what y’all mumbling about? bicangkan hal lain yg lebih berfaedah.. need more explanation? sighhh….
Free Malaysia Today
Zahid becomes brunt of internet jokes
Netizens demand to know why the Home Minister’s “shoot first” policy was not extended to the suspected murderers of Altantuya Shaariibuu and Gaik Yap.
KUALA LUMPUR: Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s stance that police should shoot suspected criminals without warning has attracted ridicule from Internet users. Netizens were quick to point out that the Umno vice-president’s zeal in “defending the human rights of police and victims of robbery, shooting and murder” apparently did not extend to the suspected murderers of Altantuya Shaariibuu and Gaik Yap . Far from being shot dead on the streets by the police, corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, chief inspectors Azilah Hadri and Shahril Jaafar were charged in court and freed this year. Zahid’s apparent oversight in this matter was highlighted in a comic strip uploaded yesterday evening on popular anti-BN Facebook page Malaysian Gags. The first panel depicts the home minister standing behind a podium with the words “No need to give warnings. If we have proof, shoot first” written in Malay. … In the second panel, Sirul and Azilah are walking to court, their faces covered, while the third panel shows Shahril handcuffed and escorted by a policeman. A small photo of Yap, who was raped and murdered in 2006, is inserted alongside him. In the next panel, the popular Yao Ming Face meme is presented, with the words “YAB, please shoot them. There is already evidence” in Malay plastered above him. But a laughing Zahid responds sheepishly with: “erk…sorry…my guns are lost at sea” in the final panel. The home minister’s “excuse” in the comic alludes to his support of Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar’s claim that some guns missing from the police force’s weapons cache could have “fallen into the sea”. http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/10/10/zahid-becomes-brunt-of-internet-jokes/ — … Malaysiakini
Crime committed by law enforcers are considered human rights violations because, unlike common criminals, they have standards to uphold, argues the rights group Suaram. It says that while everyone including the police are entitled to their rights under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other conventions, crimes committed by civilians are just that. “If law enforcement agencies or government agencies commit a crime then it is considered a human rights violation because states sign up to international laws and standards. The police, as a state agency have obligations under international law to promote, protect and uphold human rights,” said Suaram executive director Nalini Elumalai in a statement today. She was responding to Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi defending his controversial ‘shoot first’ remarks in a recent speech, questioning his critics for not defending the rights of the police and crime victims. Cops have standards to uphold, Suaram tells Zahid — Malaysiakini
Under fire for his “shoot first” policy, Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has questioned why his critics are not defending the rights of those who fall prey to criminals. “Where is the human rights for police and victims of robbery, shootings and murders. Why are human rights defenders not upholding this? Human rights only applies to criminals?” he asked in a terse tweet. The tweet does not appear to refer to anything in particular, but comes after a barrage of criticism against him following Malaysiakini’s report on a leaked recording of his speech. ‘What about rights of cops, crime victims?’ — Malaysiakini
Anwar Ibrahim today slammed Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for his shoot criminals first and ask questions later statement. The “no room for negotiation” statement applies only to criminals who threaten the lives of security personnel with an assault weapon, such as a M-16, the PKR de facto chief said today. “Ahmad Zahid has made a very wrong statement… he must immediately go for basic training on criminal law,” Anwar told a press conference at the PKR headquarters in Tropicana,, Petaling Jaya. Anwar: Home minister needs basic education in law — — Malaysiakini
If the video of Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi berating a Malaysiakini journalist is anything to go by, politicians’ conduct toward reporters has “deteriorated” over the past decades. Former The Star journalist Peter Kandiah, who contacted Malaysiakini to share his views, said that even in the 1980s, when newspapers were shut down, politicians had not publicly humiliated or berated reporters in that manner. “Even (then prime minister) Dr Mahathir Mohamad was not that bad. He used to tick off people, but never in this way. He was sarcastic with the foreign media, but he did not beat his chest about it. “Although of course he had other ways, like using the press secretary to contact the papers and to take reporters off certain beats for local press. “Even (then International Trade and Industry Minister) Rafidah Aziz would get angry and tick people off, but never this unbecoming. (Zahid) came off like a sick, mad fellow,” he said. … Now a labour advocate with the Malaysian Trades Union Congress, Kandiah was National Union of Journalists acting secretary-general during 1987, when three newspapers were shut down. He served with The Star and later with international publications like the Nikkei Business Publication and The Economist as its South-East Asia correspondent. ‘That sick fellow is worse than Mahathir’ — The association comprises senior editors from Sin Chew Daily, China Press, Nanyang Siang Pau and Guang Ming Daily. Malaysiakini
The Chinese newspaper editors association has urged Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to retract his threat to close down newspapers. In a statement issued yesterday, the editors expressed regret over the minister’s remarks made during a briefing in Malacca. The association also noted that the event was a “security briefing ceremony with community leaders” and carried the federal and Malacca government emblems, therefore it clearly was a government function. Even if Zahid chose to campaign to retain his vice-president post in the coming Umno elections at the government event, which he later claimed was a closed-door meeting, the editors said he should not have made improper remarks and threats against the journalists. Retract ‘shut down’ threat, Chinese editors tell Zahid —– Zahid, the Home Minister, and the Litigant, an ordinary man. Karpal Singh: Mr Attorney General, charge Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi — A man like him is just the kind of person UMNO hardliners would love to see installed as their man for the PM post. — Malaysian Insider
Who’s to blame for Zahid Hamidi?
August 18, 2013 Latest Update: August 18, 2013 09:00 am If you are offended by the noise coming out of Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s mouth, don’t be. He has always had the IQ of room temperature. And only the luck of being born into a political party that values bombast more than it does integrity, intelligence and common sense has allowed him to climb up the political ladder. In any other political system, a man who could not answer how he amassed so much wealth when challenged by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 1998 would have become a footnote. But this happened in Umno, where having a couple of question marks next to your name is a badge of honour. Yesterday, the Home Minister gleefully announced that a Singaporean resort owner had his Malaysian permanent residence stripped for allowing a surau to be used by a Buddhist group for meditation. Instead of accepting that the man made a genuine mistake and only deserved a reprimand, Ahmad Zahid (pic) chose the worst form of retribution – the type politicians dish out for political points. … But this is Malaysia, truly unique, truly intolerant. A few minutes after announcing the punishment for the Singaporean, Ahmad Zahid then usurped the role of the court on another isuue as he declared that non-Muslims must respect the rights of Muslims and stop using the word Allah. “The use of the word Allah is exclusive to Muslims. Full stop,” he said. Never mind that the case is before the Court of Appeal. Read the full article in Who’s to blame for Zahid Hamidi? — Malaysia Chronicle Saturday, 17 August 2013 23:18
Zahid REVOKES Permanent Resident status of Buddhist-surau resort owner
— Malaysian Chronicle Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:40
Zahid panders to the hardliners: S’porean to be STRIPPED of his PR over Buddhist ‘intrusion’
Written by Malaysia Chronicle
Known only as Ahmad, the 45-year old Singaporean is also a Muslim. He runs the Tanjong Sutera resort, which caters to many Singaporean guests. Ahmad found himself in hot soup after an 85-second-long video clip showing a group of devotees clad in white chanting in the surau was uploaded on Facebook on Sunday morning. The chanting session, which took place on Saturday, was interrupted by a group of villagers who drove the 14 Buddhists out of the surau. The group, which had booked the place for four days, was then brought to a nearby police station and sent home. No one was reported hurt, but some members were said to be in tears while the monk was visibly shaken by the incident. According to Ahmad, the group had sought his permission before using the surau. He said the group had wanted to use the main hall, but that was occupied by a Christian group, so they were given permission to use the surau instead as the operator said he thought they had wanted to use the place for meditation.