Viral audio recording will not affect relationship between allies in Malaysia’s ruling govt

SIK (BERNAMA) – The audio recording of a conversation between two individuals with voices said to be resembling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) President Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and People’s Justice Party (PKR) President Anwar Ibrahim, which has gone viral on social media, has not affected relationships between UMNO and Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) or other parties in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) Government.

PAS Secretary-General Takiyuddin Hassan said strong relations still exist between the allies in the ruling coalition and nothing has changed as a result of any incident related to the individual concerned.

“Within the coalition we have the parties and party leaders, at times relations between individuals or relations between the leaders will not affect the organisation and the good relationship between the parties is still maintained, and that is the situation now,” he told reporters when asked whether the audio recording issue would affect the PAS-UMNO relationship after the Malaysia Prihatin Programme yesterday.

In the four-minute-17-second audio recording, a voice similar to Anwar was heard among others, commending Ahmad Zahid on his speech at the UMNO General Assembly, through a phone call.

Takiyuddin, who is also Minister at the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law), said the matter has been handed over to the authorities for further action should a report be lodged.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) and Malaysian Islamic Party Secretary-General Takiyuddin Hassan. PHOTO: BERNAMA

“I am confident if there is a need to investigate, the Inspector-General of Police (Abdul Hamid Bador) will do so, in fact he has said that it would be investigated… I am sure the authorities will carry out their duties professionally without being biased,” he said.

In another development, Takiyuddin said the government would not stop anyone from presenting a memorandum to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, urging for the re-opening of Parliament. “Malaysia is a Parliamentary democracy… As long as it is not against the law, anyone is free to do so if they feel it is important to them,” said Takiyuddin.