Despite Zahid and Anwar’s denials, Hadi says audio clip shows new political realignment

Radzi Razak
·2-min read
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang arrives for the 2020 Umno general assembly in Kuala Lumpur March 28, 2021. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang arrives for the 2020 Umno general assembly in Kuala Lumpur March 28, 2021. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

KUALA LUMPUR, April 9 — PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said an audio clip allegedly of Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and PKR counterpart Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was evidence of shifting political alliances.

Hadi said his Islamist party rejected such a realignment and would instead carry on with both Muafakat Nasional and Perikatan Nasional.

“That (audio) is part of the new alignment, it has just been announced and that is the signs of the new alignment,” he told reporters in front of the Rusila mosque in Terengganu today.

“We continue with Perikatan Nasional, not the new alignment. We reject the new alignment.”

The video of the interview was posted in the PAS WhatsApp group as well as Hadi’s Facebook page.

PAS is an official member of the ruling PN coalition and allied with Umno through the informal MN charter.

However, Hadi said MN should also not be confined to just his party and Umno.

“We agree with Muafakat Nasional that not only has Umno but Bersatu, NGOs and individuals as well. And Perikatan Nasional for a plural society,” he said.

Abdul Hadi conceded that he did not know whether the audio between Zahid and Anwar is genuine but said it was not beyond Pakatan Harapan to mislead the public.

“I don’t know if it’s genuine or not. People can judge enough, how many times has it been genuine or not genuine, that kind of thing has happened many times.

“If even the (PH) promised manifesto is not adhered, then the matter for the audio is a small (matter for them),” he said.

On Wednesday, an audio recording of a phone conversation between two people with voices resembling that of Anwar and Zahid was leaked on the internet.

The four-minute clip was first posted on Facebook and started with Zahid’s speech during the recent Umno general assembly, in which he said the party would not accept Anwar, DAP or Bersatu as allies.

It was followed by the phone conversation, with the speaker who sounded like Anwar praising the other for the speech.

Both Anwar and Zahid have denied that they had any communications after the Umno general assembly

Related Articles Johor BN begins discussions on seat distribution for GE15, says chairman Perak CM keen to revive Commonwealth Youth City project in Tg Malim that Pakatan froze Viral audio recording will not affect relationship between allies in ruling govt, says Takiyuddin