On Oct 17, Muhyiddin, who is Bersatu president, arranged for a meeting with Zahid and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang to discuss Muafakat Nasional.
Also present were Ahmad Maslan, Takiyuddin Hassan and Hamzah Zainuddin, the secretary-generals of Umno, PAS and Bersatu.
During the meeting, Muhyiddin brought up the elephant in the room: Zahid’s letter to the palace.
“When the PM produced the letter, Zahid reacted by saying, ‘There’s no need to bring the letter out’.”
An aide to Muhyiddin then handed the letter to Hamzah, who showed it to a visibly shocked Hadi.
Zahid demanded that he be appointed as deputy prime minister and listed the names of Umno leaders whom he said should be dropped from the Cabinet.
They include Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, Health Minister Dr Adham Baba, Science, Technology, and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, and National Unity Minister Halimah Sadique.
These demands further raised temperatures at the meeting.
‘What do you really want?’
Muhyiddin then questioned Zahid about his intentions and what he wanted.
“Zahid accused the prime minister of breaking his promise,” the insider said.
“Muhyiddin then said he had never promised anything. Zahid said that initially, when Umno supported Bersatu to form the government, it was for Dr Mahathir Mohamad to become the PM, not Muhyiddin.
“Muhyiddin pressed Zahid again about his unhappiness. Zahid replied that as president of Umno, he should have been appointed the deputy prime minister.”
At this point, Hamzah interrupted: “Is it about your case?”
Zahid answered “no”.
“Then what?” Hamzah pressed.
“I’m embarrassed to tell but there are many things that are not right,” Zahid said.
Muhyiddin then told Zahid that he had no say in court matters.
“But as a friend, he said he would pray that Zahid will be acquitted.”
Zahid is facing 47 charges of criminal breach of trust, corruption and money laundering involving funds belonging to his foundation, Yayasan Akalbudi.
Source : Malaysia Now