PUTRAJAYA: About 200 supporters of Ahmad Zahid Hamidi gathered opposite the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters here, tonight, as a sign of solidarity with the Umno president.
The group led by the president of Malaysia Baru Observers, Lokman Noor Adam, began arriving since 8pm and some of them wore purple-coloured T-shirts with the words “Lokap SPRM” (MACC lock-up) to voice their dissatisfaction over Zahid’s arrest by the MACC today.
Zahid’s wife, Hamidah Khamis, and daughter Nurul Hidayah were among those present.
In her speech, Hamidah claimed that Zahid was once offered to leave Umno as the party was no longer accepted by the people and should be dissolved.
“He said that as long as he lived, he would not leave or hand over Umno to Pakatan Harapan,” she said.
Meanwhile, Lokman who is also an Umno Supreme Council member, said Zahid’s detention was an attempt by PPBM to weaken and destroy Umno.
“When the Umno general is detained, they want to see us weakened. They can pressure us but we will fight back, we will fight even stronger for the sake of Umno,” he said.
Lokman claimed that Zahid’s arrest was because the Umno president had refused to give in to the pressure to dissolve Umno.
“There are Umno leaders who have been offered position and money by certain parties to leave Umno,” he said.
Zahid was detained by the MACC today following investigations into alleged power abuse, breach of trust and money laundering involving the funds of his family-run foundation.
The MACC said Zahid would face several charges under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 and Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.
The MACC added that Zahid would be taken to the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court at 8am tomorrow to face the charges.