According to a Umno supreme council member, the supreme council is unlikely to act on the call for Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to go on leave to focus on his ongoing cases.
Zahid Hamidi is the first serving Umno president to be brought to court to face criminal charges. He is currently facing 45 charges under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act and the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act.
According to The Star, the council member was reportedly saying “He still has a good following within the council and to ask him to step down, it has to be a collective decision, or you would be branded as a rebel.
“It looks like it will be a long-drawn-out meeting.”
While facing charges, he is still seen vocal by reminding all parties to not disturb the Federal Constitution including the position of Islam and that of Malay Language as the national language.
“Do not disturb what is in the Constitution, do not disturb the Muslims or equate Islam with the other religions, do not disturb the Malay Rulers, do not disturb Bahasa Melayu as the national language.
“We do not want to be racists or religious extremists, we (just) want the rights in the Constitution be preserved,” he said in his speech at the “With Umno President” gathering on the 6th of November 2018.
Since the statement, he had garnered the attention of the president of the National Patriot Association (Patriot) Big Gen (Rtd) Datuk Mohamed Arshad Raji who said Zahid’s statement was baffling. Mohamed Arshad had said that the Umno president has become overly concerned about the issue he raised “when in fact no party, especially the non-Malays, has ever questioned the Federal Constitution relating to those issues mentioned ever since the constitution was first adopted.”
“Had the criticism been from a non-Malay it would be a foregone conclusion that a hellfire torment would be unleashed from the pressure groups and Umno,” the Patriot president added.
Mohamed Arshad commented that whatever Zahid Hamidi was doing is a diversionary tactic “aimed to keep a dying party relevant through its pretence to defend Islam, race and the rightful position of the rulers.”