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Mukhriz: “Mahathir, Muhyiddin had plans to topple Najib”

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KUALA LUMPUR — July 13, 2017: Former Kedah mentri besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir today admitted that his father and former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had plans to topple Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“I agree that my father tried to topple Najib and this plan started not in 2015 but much earlier, in 2014,” he said in his testimony in the High Court here.

Mukhriz, now the deputy president of the opposition Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, was responding to a question from counsel Datuk Seri Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos in the defamation suit brought by Mukhriz against Datuk Seri Tengku Sharifuddin Tengku Ahmad, the press secretary to Najib.

Asked if he agreed that Mahathir and Muhyiddin had conspired to topple Najib, Mukhriz said: “I do not want to use the word conspiracy but they had a similar intention.”

Mukhriz added that the matter was public knowledge, especially among Malaysians, and it had also circulated on social media and the mainstream media.

Mukhriz agreed with Jahaberdeen that in Umno the post of vice-president, which he contested, is regarded as key to eventually becoming the prime minister.

He also agreed that he had contested for and won a post in the Umno Youth executive committee, lost in the contest for the post of Umno Youth chief and lost in the contest as Umno vice-president.

But he said he had no intention of becoming prime minister when he contested to be an Umno vice-president.

Earlier, Mukhriz, in his witness statement, said the media statements issued by Sharifuddin had tarnished his reputation.

Mukhriz was the first witness on the first day of the hearing.

He filed the suit on May 3, 2016, claiming that Sharifuddin had issued two statements of a defamatory nature against him in April of that year.

He claimed that the statements implied that Mahathir and Muhyiddin conspired in a malicious campaign to topple a legally elected government and that the plaintiff was still involved directly in the plot of Mahathir and Muhyiddin.

Hearing before Judge Datuk Ahmad Zaidi Ibrahim continues tomorrow. — Bernama

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