Pushing for an early GE 15, to save Zahid Hamidi? Ismail Sabri won’t or can’t save him



Umno leaders aren’t power crazy, desperate, party president says

Updated 1 day ago · Published on 27 Aug 2022 5:31PM

KUALA LUMPUR – Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has vehemently denied that the party’s demand for an early election is a means for him to escape the multitude of criminal charges against him.

In his speech during a special briefing for Umno members at the World Trade Centre here today, Zahid stressed he has the utmost trust in the judiciary.

“For those who keep repeating that I am fearful of the criminal charges laid against me, they are actually the ones who are afraid of Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, a humble servant of God, and they are the ones who are not confident and are even afraid of their own shadows.

“The fact is, I am pushing forward the voice of Umno members. Not the voice of those who wish for Umno to die.

“I would like to remind everyone that the push for a general election is not something new.

“We are not power crazy or acting in desperation despite some even slandering us of wanting positions,” he said to a roaring applause from some 3,000 Umno members.

The Bagan Datuk MP stressed that it was a decision by Umno collectively to push for an early election and he, along with the Supreme Council, has been taking active steps to this effect.

He denied that he was acting in any personal interest.

He also reminded party members that the current government, led by Prime <inister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who is an Umno vice-president, is  “hybrid” in nature and is only in power because of cooperation with other political parties.

It is notable that Zahid’s audience booed each time Ismail Sabri’s name was mentioned by Zahid.

Despite this, Zahid had cautioned party members against factionalism and doubled their efforts towards the election.

Ismail Sabri was absent from the special briefing to attend events in his own constituency in Bera, Pahang.




Mahkamah Tinggi hari ini menolak permohonan pasukan pembelaan Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi supaya menangguhkan perbicaraan kes bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri itu hingga rayuannya mendapatkan salinan keterangan saksi daripada Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) diputuskan Mahkamah Rayuan.

Hakim Datuk Collin Lawrence Sequerah memutuskan demikian kerana mendapati tiada keadaan khas bagi membenarkan permohonan itu selain Ahmad Zahid tidak akan diprejudis ketika prosiding bela diri didengar di mahkamah.

Terdahulu, peguam Ahmad Zahid, Hisyam Teh Poh Teik berkata anak guamnya perlu berhadapan prosiding mahkamah dalam situasi yang lengkap dan menyeluruh mengikut undang-undang.

Sementara itu, Timbalan Pendakwa Raya, Datuk Raja Rozela Raja Toran, berkata Ahmad Zahid mempunyai banyak masa untuk mendapatkan salinan itu, namun hanya berbuat demikian pada saat terakhir.

Google Translate:

The High Court today rejected the application by Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's defense team to postpone the trial of the former Deputy Prime Minister's case until his appeal to obtain a copy of the witness statement from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is decided by the Court of Appeal.

Judge Datuk Collin Lawrence Sequerah ruled this because he found that there were no special circumstances to allow the application other than Ahmad Zahid would not be prejudiced when the defense proceedings were heard in court.

Earlier, Ahmad Zahid's lawyer, Hisyam Teh Poh Teik said his client had to face court proceedings in a complete and comprehensive situation according to the law.

Meanwhile, Deputy Public Prosecutor, Datuk Raja Rozela Raja Toran, said Ahmad Zahid had plenty of time to get the copy, but only did so at the last moment.



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