Zaid Ibrahim rapped for declaring Mahathir as de facto opposition leader

 |Feb 10, 2017
Zaid Ibrahim rapped by Gobind Singh Deo for declaring Pribumi chairman Mahathir Mohamad as the de facto opposition leader.
Zaid Ibrahim rapped by Gobind Singh Deo for declaring Pribumi chairman Mahathir Mohamad as the de facto opposition leader.

DAP’s Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo has rapped Zaid Ibrahim for claiming that Pribumi chairman Mahathir Mohamad was now the opposition leader.

Gobind, a member of DAP central executive committee (CEC), lambasted Zaid for claiming the existence of a “silent agreement” within the opposition pact endorsing Mahathir as the current de facto chief.

“I wish to state clearly here that there is no such silent agreement as alleged. No such thing has ever been discussed nor agreed upon by the DAP CEC,” Gobind said in a statement today.

He added that Zaid, a former federal minister who had just joined the DAP, should have consulted the party leadership before making such statements.

Gobind said he found it strange that Zaid had chosen to make such an announcement as a DAP member without first consulting the party leadership.

“He should know better. It is the CEC, which decides on behalf of the DAP and there has never been any such decision made,” said Gobind.

Zaid, in an interview with Malay Mail Online had reportedly said that Mahathir was the “current opposition de facto chief.”

“We have a leader. Just that it’s not spoken or proclaimed. But Mahathir is the de facto (leader) and I’m happy with that,” Zaid allegedly said.