Revealed: The day Zahid came with his files to meet the new prime minister
The meeting was the spark which led to the Umno president’s open confrontation with Muhyiddin Yassin.
(MalaysiaNow) – Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi met Muhyiddin Yassin just days after the latter’s appointment as prime minister on March 1 last year in a bid to get his corruption charges dropped, MalaysiaNow can reveal.
Zahid had come bearing files related to the corruption charges, hoping to lay out his argument to convince the newly installed prime minister to help him get his charges dropped.
The meeting took place at a late hour, after a larger meeting involving key Perikatan Nasional (PN) leaders at Muhyiddin’s Bukit Damansara home.
“But he went back disappointed, files in hand,” a source that was privy to the meeting in the first week of March 2020 told MalaysiaNow.
“Yes, he brought his files along. Muhyiddin outright refused to entertain his request,” the source added.
Zahid is part of the so-called “court cluster”, a reference to a group of senior Umno leaders who are facing hundreds of charges of corruption, criminal breach of trust and money laundering.
Of these, Zahid and Najib face the most charges.
Zahid has been slapped with 47 charges involving tens of millions of ringgit of funds from his charity outfit Yayasan Akalbudi.
Many of those in the group have turned adversary against Muhyiddin despite their party being part of his administration.