by BERNAMA/ pic by TMR File
FORMER Deputy Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (picture) — who is facing 87 charges for alleged corruption — yesterday voiced his dissatisfaction over complaints about his return to the top post in Umno, after going on leave since December last year.
He said their calls that Umno’s Supreme Council should have a say in the matter are unfair to him.
“When I wanted to go on leave, they did not say it must be discussed by the Umno Supreme Council.
“This is my right as the lawfully elected president of Umno,” he said when opening Tambun Umno’s AGM in Ipoh yesterday.
Ahmad Zahid returned to the post on June 30.
Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan discharged the duties of the president when Ahmad Zahid was on leave.
Former Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin was reported as saying that the Umno Supreme Council should have been consulted about Ahmad Zahid’s return to the No 1 post.
The Rembau MP said he disagrees with the opinion expressed by former PM and Umno president Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak on the matter.
The former PM was reported as saying that Ahmad Zahid is free to return to the post without having to get the nod of the Umno Supreme Council.
Najib is also facing a slew of charges for alleged criminal breach of trust, corruption and money laundering.
The Umno-led Barisan Nasional coalition lost in the 14th General Election in May last year after having been in power since the country’s independence in 1957.