'Alleged Zahid-Anwar recording brings back memories of Najib's leaked calls'

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'Alleged Zahid-Anwar recording brings back memories of Najib's leaked calls'
'Alleged Zahid-Anwar recording brings back memories of Najib's leaked calls'

Umno supreme council member Mohd Puad Zarkashi drew parallels between an alleged leaked phone conversation between Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and how Najib Abdul Razak's phone conversations as the prime minister were leaked.

"Who was responsible? Is Malaysia still safe when a private conversation can be recorded and made viral? There was surely political motives.

"Is this a conspiracy at the highest level? This is not the work of ordinary people.

"We still remember former MACC commissioner Latheefa Koya revealing Najib's conversation with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) crown prince," Puad (above) said in a statement.

According to the recording, which authenticity has yet to be verified, Zahid and Anwar had discussed the recently concluded Umno annual general assembly.

They appeared satisfied at the outcome of the Umno AGM which decided to sever ties with Perikatan Nasional and Bersatu in the 15th general election.

A voice resembling Anwar had also said Umno ministers should have used the Umno AGM as an excuse to resign immediately to build momentum against the PN government.

However, he said none dared to do so.

The other voice resembling Zahid had also assured what was said during the Umno AGM was only "tactical" while the man on the other side said it was okay.

Zahid denied any such conversation took place.

The Bagan Datuk MP had during the Umno AGM declared that Umno won't cooperate with either Anwar, DAP or Bersatu.

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Puad believed the recording was made with specialised equipment.

"The details of the conversation was clear and high quality. It must have used high tech equipment that ordinary people cannot obtain.

"Have we not learnt from our mistakes?" he said.

Puad said when the recording between Najib and the UAE crown prince was revealed, it angered UAE which has snubbed Malaysia for investments.

He said MPs should demand a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) and an investigation by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) but noted that Parliament was suspended.

In the conversation between Najib and the UAE crown prince, the ex-prime minister had sought help to get his step-son out of the 1MDB scandal as US investigators closed in on him.

The MACC also released other conversations, including between Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor.

In that recording, an irate Rosmah scolded her husband for allowing the MACC to make him appear "like a villain".