Home Ministry to probe Zahid-Anwar recording clip

(From left) Hamzah Zainudin, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Anwar Ibrahim – FMT Pix

By John Isaac

THE home ministry will investigate the authenticity of a viral audio recording purportedly between Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“Of course we will investigate all the reports that we have received,” home minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin was quoted as saying by Bernama today.

“First of all, we will investigate the authenticity and whether there was such a conversation. If not, then it means that the recording was made to slander (Zahid and Anwar).

“So there are two things here. First, the conversation and whether it was genuine, and second, what was the content of this conversation. Was it accurate or not?,” he said.

Both Zahid and Anwar have denied having any conversation after Umno’s annual general assembly last month.

Opposition leader Anwar said the recording was an attempt by the country’s leaders to resort to tricks after failing to threaten or induce the people into supporting them.

According to FMT, Zahid, meanwhile, said that the recording was a malicious political ploy to bring down Umno.

In his opening speech at Umno’s assembly on March 28, Zahid said the party would contest under the Barisan Nasional (BN) banner in the next general election (GE15) and stressed that the party’s Supreme Council had also decided on “No PPBM, no Anwar, no DAP”.

In the recording, a man sounding like Anwar said that this was his first time following the Umno assembly in 22 years, to which another man who sounded like Zahid said: “Don’t worry, that is only tactical.”

In the four-minute recording, “Anwar” praised Zahid’s speech and said he was “very proud” of him, while the pair also confirmed a meeting on Tuesday night that week.