JUDGING by the chain of events with UMNO president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi playing a stellar role in the unity government as the Deputy Prime Minister (DPM), the above prophecy “is likely to happen and will become a black mark in Malaysia’s history”.
If it is indeed true that Zahid’s 47 charges of criminal breach of trust, corruption and money laundering involving Yayasan Akalbudi (YAB) are dropped after the six state elections on Aug 12, the case will be the second biggest disgrace for the country after the 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Bhd) scandal, according to National PAS information chief Khairil Nizam Khirudin.
“Most recently, the status of deputy public prosecutor (DPP) Datuk Raja Rozela Raja Toran, who had posed many questions to Zahid during Zahid’s trial has become a question mark to many as to whether she has been removed from the prosecution team or has been replaced,” the Jerantut MP pointed out in Facebook statement.
“When asked by an NST (New Straits Times) reporter about Raja Rozela’s status, one of the lawyers in the prosecution team only said, ‘I cannot confirm whether Raja Rozela is permanently removed from the case’.”
Added Khairil who is an engineer by profession: “Thus far, no official explanation has been made by the Attorney-General (AG). This is really unfortunate for Malaysia if it’s true. Isn’t it the duty of the public prosecutor to prosecute based on the law? People are watching.”
Earlier, the former PAS Youth chief stated that various attempts have been made to delay and stop corruption and criminal cases involving the UMNO president since 2018.
“He was so desperate that he had previously asked (former premier) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and (PAS president) Tan Sri Hadi Awang to intervene to drop his case,” recalled Khairil. “Of course, his application was rejected. Zahid was also not appointed to hold any position in the Federal government.”
But now in the era of PMX (Anwar) and the Madani government, Khairil observed that:
- Zahid was appointed DPM and Rural and Regional Development Minister.
- Zahid’s international passport and diplomatic passport have been returned to him permanently.
- Zahid can remain as UMNO president despite violating the party’s constitution.
- Zahid was able to postpone the trial of his 47 corruption and criminal cases (he submitted a representation to the AG’s Chambers to drop the 47 charges he was facing in January this year). – Aug 8, 2023