Zakaria hits out at ‘mischievous’ Anwar, Saifuddin over sacking

Zakaria Abdul Hamid says PKR leaders Anwar Ibrahim and Saifuddin Nasution are giving the impression that he is involved in corruption. (YouTube pic)

PETALING JAYA: Zakaria Abdul Hamid, who was sacked from PKR over graft allegations, has accused party president Anwar Ibrahim and secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution of malice by giving the impression that he was involved in corruption.

This comes after MACC deputy chief commissioner Azam Baki had said the deputy public prosecutor had informed him the Bera division chief would not be prosecuted.

Azam had said this on TV3.

“It is thus mischievous and ill-intentioned of Anwar and Saifuddin to give a false perception that I have committed the offence,” Zakaria said in a Facebook post.

Yesterday, Saifuddin defended the dismissal of Zakaria, a central committee member, and ordinary member Ismail Dulhadi, saying the allegations were contained in a letter from the anti-graft agency.

Anwar, meanwhile, was quoted by Malaysiakini as saying that MACC had never disputed the contents of the letter implicating Zakaria, a copy of which had been mistakenly sent to the party.

Zakaria is alleged to have been involved in a RM20,000 public works contract to PKR leaders in the Bera area, while the allegation against Ismail involved “marked-up prices” for a project in 2018.

He also disputed the repeated claims by Anwar and Saifuddin that his dismissal was based upon the MACC’s recommendation.

“This is false, and calculated to grossly mislead party members and the public,” he said.

Zakaria reiterated that his sacking was “unlawful and unjust” and urged Anwar, Saifuddin and the party leadership to set things right.

“I further call upon them to stop hiding behind the MACC to hide their own wrongdoing. They must instead act fairly,” he said.

PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali and 19 other top leaders, including MPs and assemblymen, have since then spoken out against the sacking, saying it was illegal and did not go through the due process.