KUALA LUMPUR: Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah today pledged to do what he can to unfreeze Umno’s assets if he was elected as president in the coming party elections.
The Umno president candidate said he believed the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had acted in accordance with the law.
“They can do what they want as long as it’s based on the law. Every action has a reaction.
“We will find a way to unfreeze the assets so that we can get back what truly belongs to the party and use it in our struggle,” he said when meeting Umno delegates at his house today.
Earlier, acting Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also vying to be president, said MACC had frozen the accounts of the Umno headquarters and Selangor Umno.
The former deputy prime minister said he was sure Johor Umno’s accounts would also be frozen as well.
Zahid also claimed Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin would tell the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to deregister Umno.
“There’s no guarantee that anyone who wins the Umno presidency, Supreme Council membership, vice-presidency or deputy presidency will not be investigated by MACC.
“There’s no guarantee that the Johor menteri besar will not be investigated by MACC because we are no longer the government.
“They can issue a letter any day and freeze our assets the next,” Zahid said during his speech at a Johor Umno Hari Raya ceremony.
Meanwhile, Tengku Razaleigh, also known as Ku Li, predicted that his competitor for the president’s post, Khairy Jamaluddin, would not accept any position if he loses.
“Those who contest face risks. There are those who are lucky and those who aren’t,” he said.