Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has challenged Muhyiddin Yassin to prove with evidence on his claim that Prime Minister Najib Razak had close to RM1 billion in his personal bank account.
Bernama reported that the DPM blasted his predecessor Muhyiddin for making baseless claims from hearsay.
“Ask him to produce the evidence if he has it. He accused our prime minister, so he must show the evidence,” said Ahmad Zahid.
“Don’t make allegations based on hearsay.”
Ahmad Zahid was commenting on Muhyiddin’s claim that close to RM1 billion was already in the prime minister’s personal bank account even before the widely reported RM2.6 billion controversy.
According to the report, Muhiyiddin said he learnt about the deposits prior to the purported Arab donation, from the then former Attorney-General (AG) Abdul Gani Patail.
Both Muhyiddin and Gani were removed as DPM and AG respectively in July last year.
It’s learnt that Muhyiddin’s allegation was part of smear campaign carried out by the anti-Najib group headed by former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad to tarnish the Prime Minister’s reputation and destroy the federal ruling party, Umno.
Ahmad Zahid was speaking to reporters after a bilateral security cooperation meeting with his Thai counterpart General Prawit Wongsuwan in Putrajaya on Monday.
On the recent Court of Appeal’s decision on the Bersih 4 case, Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said the court’s decision should be respected.
The Court of Appeal had ruled that the home minister‘s order to ban the use of Bersih 4 yellow T-shirts and pamphlets related to the Bersih rally was unreasonable.