Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has denied holding any conversation with his PKR counterpart following the party’s general assembly, in the wake of an audio recording of a discussion with Anwar Ibrahim revealed by MalaysiaNow earlier today.
He said he was shocked and disappointed by the sharing of the clip, calling it a vile and malicious political move.
“It only confirms the continued efforts to weaken and destroy Umno,” he said in a statement on Facebook.
“As Umno president, I would never challenge let alone turn my back on any decision made by the Supreme Council and the general assembly.”
The audio recording, excerpts of which have been making the rounds on social media, was of a four-minute phone conversation between the two leaders believed to have taken place shortly after the Umno general assembly.
At the assembly, Zahid had sought his party’s mandate to cut ties with Bersatu, led by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, at the next polls.
He later declared that the motion had been unanimously accepted.
The phone call had seen Anwar congratulating him on his speech while telling him that there was still work to be done.
In his statement today, Zahid said he believed more “malicious games” would be carried out to further belittle and destroy Umno.
He also said he had instructed his officer to lodge a police report to facilitate an investigation into the matter.