By S. Harrish
UMNO president Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi is said to have pledged the support of 30 Umno MPs for PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
In making the claim, Amanah communications director Khalid Samad said Zahid had made the pledge in a letter that was given to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong recently.
“I am made to understand, other than letters from (Amanah president) Mohamad Sabu and (DAP secretary-general) Lim Guan Eng, Anwar also presented a letter by Zahid, which stated that 30 MPs from Umno, if I’m not mistaken, supported Anwar.”
He said this in an interview with Jom Channel last night.
Anwar met the King last Tuesday and later said he had provided evidence that he commanded the support of more than 120 MPs.
However, Istana Negara had since clarified that Anwar never provided a list of the MPs to back his claim.
Various political party leaders were then summoned to the palace but their audiences have since been postponed due to the Covid-19 situation in the Klang Valley.
Meanwhile, police have called up Anwar Ibrahim to the Bukit Aman police headquarters tomorrow to give his statement over the list of MPs who purportedly support him to become prime minister.
CID director Datuk Huzir Mohamed said in a statement that the police have so far received a total of 113 reports over the matter.
“The police are still conducting an investigation over the claim, which had gone viral on social media.
“And thus, Anwar has been asked to present himself at the office of the Classified Investigation Unit, CID Bukit Aman on Oct 16 to give his statement,” Huzir said.
The case is being investigated under Section 505(b) of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.