,Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi arrives at the Kuala Lumpur High Court today. He claims that Dr Mahathir Mohamad asked him to dissolve Umno and join Bersatu in June 2018. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Afif Abd Halim, June 28, 2022.USDT交易所程序出租（点击联系我）,全球頂尖的USDT場外擔保交易平臺程序出租。
AHMAD Zahid Hamidi told the Kuala Lumpur High Court today that former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had asked him to dissolve Umno because the latter claimed the party had no future and could not be trusted.
Zahid, 69, said at a meeting held in June 2018 after the 14th general election, Dr Mahathir also asked him to tell all Umno members to join Bersatu for the sake of the Malays.
“In that four-eyed meeting, Tun Mahathir said Umno had no future, Umno was dead, Umno was rejected by the Malays and BN (Barisan Nasional) voters were buried because its 13 component parties were reduced to only four,” he said.
“He asked me to jump from Umno to PPBM (Bersatu). Tun Mahathir said Umno could not be trusted, is a robber, corrupt, abhorrent and dirty. He asked for Umno to be dissolved and asked me to tell Umno members to join PPBM.”
Zahid said this during examination-in-chief by his lawyer, Ahmad Zaidi Zainal, when making his defence on 47 charges, namely 12 charges of criminal breach of trust, eight charges of corruption and 27 charges of money laundering involving tens of millions of ringgit belonging to Yayasan Akalbudi.
Zahid said he rejected Dr Mahathir’s request and told him that as the Umno president, he would be cursed by the party’s 3.8 million members if he dissolved the party and joined Bersatu.
The former deputy prime minister said the meeting was arranged by Bersatu’s Khairuddin Abu Hassan and former Gopeng Wanita Bersatu chief Hamidah Osman.
“Khairuddin and Hamidah told me that Tun Mahathir wanted to meet me. At the time, I was not open to meeting him, although he had become the prime minister,” he said.
Asked by Zaidi what happened after meeting Dr Mahathir, Zahid said: “I was threatened that if I did not defect to PPBM and dissolve Umno, something would happen to me.”
He said at a meeting which Dr Mahathir held with Umno’s top five leaders in September 2018, the same thing was said to them.
Zaidi: Can Datuk Seri (Zahid) name the five leaders?
Zahid: I, Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan and the three Umno vice-presidents, namely Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid and Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
Zahid said following that meeting, the five of them decided to remain in Umno as opposition politicians.
He claimed that Dr Mahathir, who is Langkawi MP, held a grudge against him and was jealous of him after he was elected as Umno Youth chief in 1996.