Report: Anwar congratulates Zahid for severing ties with PN

by ASILA JALIL

An audio recording of an alleged conversation that took place between PKR President Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Umno President Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi where the two spoke about the recent Umno general assembly has been making rounds on social media and messaging platforms.

According to MalaysiaNow news portal, who received the high-quality recording and verified the voices of the two individuals, Anwar repeatedly congratulated Ahmad Zahid for his proposal to sever ties with Perikatan Nasional (PN) which he said was accepted by the Umno delegates at the assembly.

The PKR president was reported to have said it was his first time “following” the Umno general assembly after 22 years.

Ahmad Zahid then replied saying the speech was only “tactical”.

They were referring to Ahmad Zahid’s speech where he reiterated there will be “No DAP, No Anwar, No Bersatu” if the party were to form any political alliance in the future.

“Your speech was good. And then you mentioned MT (Supreme Council) and of course we want to finish the game. But if you already think of the mandate then okay, it is just that there will be some work to be done with the MT,” said a voice purported to be Anwar in the audio recording.

The voice, alleged to be Anwar continued to congratulate the Umno president for his speech and said he was proud of Ahmad Zahid.

“You know who my teacher is right? My teacher is the person I am talking to right now,” said Ahmad Zahid.

In the audio recording also available at Insider Malaysia’s facebook page, a voice similar to purported PKR president said the party’s central leadership council (MPP) also tuned in to the general assembly and the president then said he questioned the council why were they watching it, which he claimed they all broke into laughter. When he was asked the same question by the MPP, he said he watched it because “it is important” and he wants to have discussions on it.

The two leaders also talked about the speech made by Perlis Umno chief Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim who had opposed the proposal made by Ahmad Zahid which resulted to him being rejected by the delegates.