Sacked Tajuddin calls for Ahmad Zahid’s resignation as Umno president

by AZREEN HANI / Pic by TMR FILE

FORMER Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman has called for Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s resignation as the Umno president.

In a special press conference today, Tajuddin alleged that Ahmad Zahid had nominated Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the prime minister (PM) in a statutory declaration (SD) before.

“For the party’s sake, Ahmad Zahid, please step down and let go of the party’s presidency,” he said.

Tajuddin also claimed that he was forced to sign the SD for Anwar, although he had previously refused to do so.

“There was indeed an SD signed to pledge full support for Anwar to be the PM. There was a letter sent to Istana Negara. I refused to sign, I didn’t want to.

“But in the end, when the situation turned sour, I had to sign it too,” Tajuddin said.

The Pasir Salak MP also said the phrase “No DAP, No Anwar” were lies, meant to mislead Umno members who had no knowledge of what was happening then.

“We had to respect the president, right? We couldn’t reject the president,” added Tajuddin.

According to him, Umno had different opinions on who would be the PM following Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s resignation last year.

He claimed that Ahmad Zahid and Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak had initially declined to pledge support for PM Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Tajuddin is one of 13 people appointed by the party president to the Supreme Council.

He was sacked from the position last week, with Ahmad Zahid reportedly saying that the former “knows what he has done”.

“I think you (the media) have to ask him and I think that’s for the best. It’s unfair for me to tell the public about the reason why (he was sacked) because he definitely knows what he has done,” Ahmad Zahid was quoted as saying in The Malay Mail.