KAJANG: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has dismissed concerns over a viral fake letter of him asking Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to step down.
Zahid said he strongly believes the letter is defamatory.
“(The culprit) knows (about my and Najib’s) official and personal relationship, going back to when Najib was the Umno Youth chief and the Youth and Sports Minister.
“They see my good relationship with the Prime Minister, they are jealous of our unity, so they try to make us clash,” he said at a press conference after closing the Indian Progressive Front’s (IPF) 26th general assembly here today.
The hoax letter also includes a list of new Cabinet members under Zahid’s administration once he takes over the number one post.
Zahid said it is clear that the person who penned the fake letter committed three major offences, namely, forging his signature, using official government material, and spreading lies.
“The letterhead used is not original, and the posts mentioned were also not according to protocol or present guidelines,” he said.
Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said he has been informed that police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) are probing the case, with over 20 police reports received so far.
On his advice to grassroots members who may have been influenced by the letter, Zahid said they should show the detractors how close of a bond they have.
“There have been many political bullets fired at us. We need to deflect all these lies thrown at us.
“What is important for us is to show how close the relationship is among leaders and members from all component parties,” he added.