AMID DAP-bashing and voicing of incessant pro-Palestinian sentiment on the National PAS Facebook (FB) page, it was a pleasant surprise to come across the party’s Perak information chief Khalil Yahaya sparing some thoughts to the personal financial hardship that may befall UMNO president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in 2024.
Delving on many households having started to juggle with their 2024 expenses when pitted against numerous commitments such as house rent, children’s school fees, kitchen items, car debt, fuel, tolls and road tax, to name a few life challenges, the well-being of the deputy Prime Minister (DPM) suddenly came to Khalil’s mind.
“No wonder many fathers have to work two jobs to make ends meet. When I think about this strain, I can’t escape remembering Zahid’s situation,” he penned in his FB post.
“I am sure that Zahid’s life has changed a lot after being charged with a corruption case involving the Akalbudi Foundation. If before he had money from his Akalbudi Foundation to pay for all his personal and family needs, I wonder if he’s still in a good state.”
Added Khalil who is also the Kubu Gajah state assemblyman: “How about the road tax and insurance for the 20 vehicles amounting to RM107,509.55? How about his BMW X5, Mini Coopers S, BMW 320i (A), Mercedes Benz CLS350 and the BMW R1200 GS motorcycle?”
The PAS politician who had to apologise to DAP vice-chairman Teresa Kok last June over the posting of a fake poster on his personal FB page alleging the Seputeh MP had been made FELDA chairman further wondered if “Zahid is capable of paying for all four types of insurance policies taken out” for the said vehicles.
“However, I’m confident that Zahid’s current position as UMNO president and DPM will help reduce the burden on his shoulders to some extent. Hope everything turns out smoothly for him and may the Akalbudi Foundation case be tried again.”
For context, former attorney-general (AG) Tan Sri Idrus Harun – in his final act – had instructed his officers to apply for a discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA) of all 47 charges against Zahid for dishonest misappropriation of RM31 mil belonging to his charitable foundation Yayasan Akalbudi.
This inevitably unleashed a firestorm of anger and public comments – mostly negative – against the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) and the administration of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. – Jan 5, 2024