by SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
HOME Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (picture) has denied making a statutory declaration (SD) supporting Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to take over the role as prime minister (PM) beginning July 2.
“I strongly deny the allegation I had signed an SD regarding the transition of the post of PM from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to Anwar…the document is fake.
“I have requested police to investigate the document as I believe this was intended to sully my good name,” he said in a Facebook posting.
A copy of the sworn statement which appeared to be signed by the minister had been making its rounds on social media on Sunday.
Meanwhile, former deputy PM Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi also denied a similar allegation as an SD — bearing his name and signature — has also been circulated on social media around the same time.
“I strongly deny the SD suggesting my support for Anwar, which has gone viral.
“I did not sign the declaration…this is a malicious lie by those who are desperate and irresponsible with the intention to jeopardise my reputation as the president of Umno,” he said in a Facebook posting.
Ahmad Zahid added that any major decision regarding Umno’s official stance will be made collectively as a party, and not individually as claimed by the declaration.
Recently, Dr Mahathir hinted at his tenure as the country’s PM, mentioning a three-year deadline to fix the country’s financial problems inherited from the previous government.
He has also been consistent over his status as PM despite being pressed by reporters, saying he is only the interim PM.
The transition of power has been causing controversy as the 93-year-old leader has yet to announce the exact time frame.
Anwar, on the other hand, is confident over the transition plan, which he has privately discussed with Dr Mahathir, saying the plan is a “done deal”.