Zahid, from BN heavyweight to dead weight?

Questions arise over the political future of Zahid Hamidi, who is facing a slew of criminal charges and the repercussions of several recent moves seen as having backfired.

(MalaysiaNow) – Political analysts are predicting a bleak future for Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Ahmad Zahid Hamidi despite his years of leadership, saying he has become a burden on the coalition as well as its lynchpin party Umno following several recent moves seen as having backfired.

They referred to a media statement bearing Zahid’s name released on behalf of BN in the wake of its Supreme Council meeting on Thursday evening which was found to be nearly identical to another issued by Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Anwar Ibrahim after PH’s top leadership meeting that same night.

They also cited Umno’s decision to end its political cooperation with Bersatu, the party led by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, once Parliament is dissolved.

Speaking to MalaysiaNow, Shamsul Amri Baharuddin of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) said Zahid was now a burden on everyone, especially the Malays and Umno.

“It is becoming increasingly clear that Zahid is prioritising his own interests through his many schemes, including writing to the Agong in support of Anwar, turning his back on Umno and even lying to the party,” he said.

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