KUALA LUMPUR – Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on Saturday exposed a plot by the opposition to topple the Malaysian government, with an Umno-cum-Barisan Nasional (BN) leader allegedly behind it.
He said the plan was to obtain statutory declarations from the opposition members of Parliament (MPs) and to pull in the support of BN lawmakers in toppling the government through the “back door”.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said the matter was serious and he had received information on it from reliable sources.
“The plot to topple the government through the back door is going on, with efforts to obtain statutory declarations from all opposition MPs, besides pulling in BN MPs to topple the ruling government through the back door,” he said when opening the Umno Ampang division delegates’ meeting, here.
“Purportedly, all the 87 opposition MPs and an independent MP, making up 88, are trying to get BN MPs to support their move,” he said.
Without revealing the leaders involved, Ahmad Zahid said the group’s lawyer was said to be preparing a seven-page memorandum from yellow paper and the statutory declarations to state that they had received the majority voice to topple the government.
He said their action would not be allowed to go on.
“A matter as serious as this can cause national political upheaval as they (plotters) are not willing to wait long for the general election, so they want to enter through the back door.”
Ahmad Zahid said he was surprised that the plot to topple the government was led by an Umno and BN leader.
The deputy prime minister said the matter would get exposed by itself without having to be exposed, and stressed that he would not allow it (toppling of the government through the plot) to happen.
In this regard, Ahmad Zahid who is also an Umno vice-president, wants all Umno and BN members including at the grassroots to view the plot seriously and to remain united to prevent it (toppling of the government) from happening.
“Our strength lies with our loyalty, which is the pillar of our party leadership’s strength.
“Not only we want strength and support from the grassroots and divisions for the party president, but I am also confident that BN MPs would not get caught or trapped in the back-door game of certain leaders,” he said.
Ahmad Zahid also called on all Selangor Umno and BN component party members to work together in planning strategies to wrest back the state, especially in areas won by the opposition like Lembah Jaya, Bukit Antarabangsa and Ampang.
“Selangor Umno, please rise. Forget the bad spot. The leaders must go down to the ground and ‘don’t leak a turbulent boat, but hold the ropes and sails and row together’.
“The state Umno members must bring back glory to Selangor like when it was under BN,” he said.
Earlier, Selangor BN liason chief Datuk Seri Noh Omar, on behalf of the 22 Selangor Umno divisions, pledged their loyalty to the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his deputy, Ahmad Zahid.
“All Umno members should be united for Umno to continue receiving the people’s support. Selangor Umno is determined to work hard to recapture the state.
“It’s not difficult to win, it’s just that we need to take good care of our respective areas,” he said. – BERNAMA