KUALA LUMPUR: Police today confirmed receiving reports lodged against Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi and National Registration Department (NRD) Director-General Yazid Ramli for allegedly divulging the personal details of Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s identity card (IC).
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the reports were currently being scrutinised by the police’s prosecuting division.
“If there are sufficient grounds to probe the case, we will probe it.
“We have to follow the rules. We have to be fair to both sides – the one who uttered the words and the one affected by it,” he told reporters at a police event here today.
Zahid, who is acting Umno deputy president, told members of the Kelana Jaya Umno division meeting yesterday that Mahathir’s identity card (IC) carried the name “Mahathir a/l Iskandar Kutty”.
The “a/l” in Mahathir’s name stands for “anak lelaki” which in Malay means “son of”, and is commonly used in the official naming of Malaysians of Indian ethnicity.
Zahid referred to Mahathir, who is Pakatan Harapan chairman, as “the man who struggled for the Malay agenda” but was actually “using the Malays”.
He also revealed he had received the image of the former prime minister’s IC from Yazid.
Zahid statements however have led to police reports, the latest being lodged by Kedah DAP legal bureau member Zulhazmi Shariff.
Zulhazmi was accompanied by DAP MPs Lim Lip Eng (Segambut), Alice Lau Kiong Yieng (Lanang) and Thomas Su (Ipoh Timur).
Former Batu Kawan Umno division vice-chief Khairuddin Abu Hassan also lodged a report at the Dang Wangi police station last night on the same matter.
Khairuddin urged Mahathir to take legal action against Zahid and Yazid for abusing their powers and breaching the Personal Data Protection Act, by leaking Mahathir’s personal information to the public.