KUALA LUMPUR – January 19, 2017: Political journeyman Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has denied allegations that he had joined the DAP.
In speaking to The Mole today, the former federal minister countered that he had not submitted his membership application to DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng as rumoured.
Rumours of Zaid joining the opposition party were floated via social media earlier today.
“They’re recycling an old story,” Zaid said.
“It’s just a hoax. I did no such thing back then and now.”
The same speculation over Zaid’s alleged interest in joining the DAP was floated two years ago after national laureate Datuk A. Samad Said joined the party in June the same year.
The 65-year-old Kelantan-born lawyer had several times been associated with party-switching.
Zaid, who is also a former Umno Kota Bharu member of parliament, had throughout his political career wore different outfits for both sides of the political divides.
He left Umno in 2008 and was immediately courted by Lim to join the DAP but Zaid instead decided to join PKR the following year. He however quit PKR in 2010.
In December the same year, Zaid joined a minor Kelantan-based opposition party, Angkatan Keadilan Insan Malaysia (Akim), which he eventually revamped and renamed Parti Kesejahteraan Insan Tanah Air (Kita) which elected him president.
Zaid, however, dissolved Kita two years later due to insufficient funding.
In 2015, Zaid surprised many when he was seen with former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad at the fourth Bersih rally.
Zaid and Mahathir had been strongly critical of each other after the former’s departure from Umno.