Hold Your Horses, Mr Muhyiddin

As the shootout for Hulu Selangor draws near, the dirty campaign of UMNO has begun in full swing. Predictably, UMNO are not focusing on the issues of the rakyat. UMNO are focused on the only thing they know, and that is: to spread lies and misinformation.

According to The Deputy Prime Minister and his hired hands, one of the issues plaguing my candidacy is my disciplinary record, specifically of being suspended by UMNO for money politics. As a result of that, they conveniently use this to accuse me of everything under the sun: corrupt, greedy, wealthy, etc.
As always, the truth will set you free. It is perhaps something UMNO is unfamiliar with. Time and time again, they continue to underestimate the intelligence of the rakyat and try to confuse them with fiction, but the rakyat knows better.

I have defended myself from these accusations many times, but will do so again.

So here it is…

In 2001, I won the contest for the post of UMNO Division Chief for Kota Bharu. Took me three attempts and 10 years to do that but I did it.

That position left them with no choice but to field me as a candidate for March 2004 General Election. I won a hard fought contest for the Kota Bharu Parliamentary seat, although the 3 State Assembly seats in that parliamentary constituency was won by PAS. (Somewhat similar to the present situation in Hulu Selangor where the 3 State seats were won by BN in 2008, and now I am trying to win it again for PKR). I expected a more supportive reaction from UMNO considering the significance of the victory — it was the first time after 15 years of PAS rule, that BN at last won the Kota Bharu seat.

But it was not to be. They were ready to knife me again. By June 2004, there was again another contest for the UMNO Kota Bharu Division. Fortunately, I was able to retain the seat as Division Chief, uncontested.
But other positions in the party were up for grabs. During that contest , certain individuals issued complaints by way of signing false statutory declarations that I had given money to “my agent”, the late Datuk Zahari Wahab in exchange for votes, purportedly on my behalf.

On the 16th of October 2004, I was charged for money politics. I found this charge to be utterly ridiculous, because I won the seat uncontested. There was no opponent. So, how could I be charged for money politics, when there is no contest? But within UMNO, I guess anything is possible.

For the charges to have any merit, there must be a witness to support the charge of money politics. If accusations against my friend Zahari Wahab of giving money for votes had any merit, how were they certain it wasn’t for Zahari’s own campaign? At the time, Zahari himself was contesting for the Vice President of the Division. Even if it was true that Zahari had indulged in money politics, he might have done it for himself as he was the one contesting. By the time the 1st hearing came up before the UMNO Disciplinary board, Zahari Wahab had unfortunately passed away. Incidentally he too, was charged with money politics which I believe was also false.. But with his demise, the UMNO Disciplinary Board could not put forth Zahari to support their claims. They did not put forth any other witness to support these accusations, other than the false statutory declarations which I had no opportunity to challenge the maker of these statements. I described the proceedings as a sham and that upset them. They were determined to pass this judgment on me without any basis whatsoever.

It was clear that I was being framed. I challenged and questioned the system of how the Board arrived at their decision without any supporting proof or evidence.

In the end, the UMNO Disciplinary Board ruled that I was guilty of money politics. But, they were indeed willing to spare me any punishment, on the condition that I apologize to the UMNO disciplinary board for questioning their process and authority.

Under no circumstances was I ever going to apologize to the board. Any apology for my alleged actions to the board would implicitly be admitting my guilt, and I was not going to compromise on the principle of the matter and my innocence. When I refused to apologize, that was when the UMNO board suspended me for 3 years.

In 2008, when I was made a Minister, I did not wish for there to be any doubt as to my character and credibility as I undertook this important responsibility in what I consider to be a reformist Government. I wanted to clear my name of any suspicion of those charges. So, I requested the then Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) to investigate me further, to clear my name once and for all. Till today, they have not come forth with any outcome. If I was really as guilty as so they claim, why did they make me a Minister? Because the truth is, I did not do anything as claimed by my opponents in UMNO; that is why I was made a Minister.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin suggested today that I was picked as the candidate for Hulu Selangor supposedly because of my deep pockets. My lovely wife and daughter, Alysha are very excited now; they asked me where did I hide my wealth and they insist that I take them out shopping. Now, I’m in trouble!

I suggest it is best for the DPM to hold his tongue. It is certainly not befitting of a DPM to stoop so low and make such claims. If he were to make such claims, then he must stand by those statements..

I was never wealthy, unlike other UMNO Ministers. I was a Minister for only 6 months. And before that I was never a crony of any one, nor obtained any concessions or APs or even blocks of shares. In the interest of transparency, I would be prepared to disclose to the public my possessions and my so called ‘wealth’; and that of my family and my children as well, on the condition that the DPM and his colleagues in Cabinet are willing to do the same of their own possessions, of their families, of their children, and their nominees.

During my brief tenure as Minister, (Tun) Pak Lah and I suggested that Cabinet Ministers should declare their assets. To show that BN Ministers are clean and not afraid of full accountability and transparency in their dealings . Many senior ministers opposed this idea. They opposed everything good that Pak Lah wanted to do. I wonder what the DPM has to say about this now.

If he hasn’t got anything useful to add, I suggest to the DPM that we move on and address the issues I have raised for the people in Hulu Selangor. And the issues facing the country. Lets have a fair fight and see who has the support of the people!

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13 Comments on “Hold Your Horses, Mr Muhyiddin”

  1. bigjoe99 Says:

    With MIC in disarray, its clear the non-Malay votes of Hulu Selangor will go to you. That leaves only the Malay votes for you to tackle. Given that they are pre-disposed to think in terms of archaic electioning ways, they are under the impression you can’t reach the rural voters being urbane and intellectual. So its nothing surprising they will resort to dirty ways.

    The first shot Muhiyiddin fired was that you were chosen because you were rich – from the man Mahathir called the ‘richest man in UMNO’. This campaign is full of LOL moments even before it really gets down to it.

    This campaign has so much symbolism in it. You represent the vision of Tunku Abdul Rahman while Muhiyiddin, who is up and center for the first time in a by-election, represents the vision of Mahathir. You represent reform and what is possible for this country while Muhiyiddin represent old and no real future for all. There is just too much at stake.

    The fight is only going to get dirtier. You can expect in the end, they will get Perkasa out in full force and call you names even Anwar would whinced at. Some old enemies will be brought out and stories spin such as ungrateful, dirty deals, unMuslim, associate with heretics, etc..You name it, they will dig and fabricate.

    You represent too much hope for too many and destruction of old order for too many. Not stopping you this round is like hara-kiri for them. Whatever you feel that you have paid a heavy price in politics so far, those people, ridiculously, feel that they have more to lose from you and you have no right to take it from them. They are willing to go further, farther because they are desperate and scared people who fear losing the easier way they are used to.

    I have always thought your ace in the hole is just your personality – you are easy going way whether its in the board room or among the less fortunate. Keep to that. Resist showing the intellectualism you good at and keep to the simple message – why would you want to hurt any Malays? What is there for you to do so? You are rich, successful, you help the less fortunate. Are you dumber than Muhiyiddin and Najib? Are you less Malay than Mahathir? All the answer is no – no to BN..

  2. teanrean Says:


    First of all congratulations for being given the honour to stand up for the rakyat in Hulu Selangor.

    I have very high expectation of politicians of your status to safe this country from the morons and psycho currently sitting up there.

    Mahyuddin is talking cocks about corruptions. If he really have two balls between his leg he better dare to declare his assets and let the rakyat be the judges.

    Otherwise he better don’t try try to hit below the belt. He knows and we know that they are a bunch of corrupt politicians currently screwing the rakyat.

    Once again, Mahyuddin, If you are really “anak jantan” sahut cabaran Datuk Zaid. Otherwise better shut up and go back licking Rosmah and Najib. If you can’t even challeng Rosmah,don’t try to be a hero.

  3. nikmj Says:

    Datuk, I remember a personal letter that you send to me and to many other KB voters in GE2004 that was so touching.

    Eventhough I vote for PR to win the state, but I’m so proud to inform that I did vote for YOU for KB MP. I believed I had made the right choice and I hope all the voters in Hulu Selangor would do the same.

    As for the wealth, your house in Pasir Hor was used to be my playing field (rubber tree areas) when I was young. It used to be the place where people used it as sampan port to cross the river when the old bridge was collapse during one flood long time ago. Now it just a typical banglo. To say a very wealthy by DPM is so nonsense. There are so many bigger banglos owned by UMNO leaders in Kelantan. Even some of them do have bigger banglo inside their durian orchard compare to Datuk house.

    Good luck in Hulu Selangor election. Allahuakhbar !!!

  4. rajachulan Says:

    Datuk Zaid,

    All Malaysians and the voters in Hulu Selangor will vote for you when they see the big picture. Carry on with your work. We are with you.

    Raja Chulan

  5. bigjoe99 Says:

    It is almost unfair to pitch you against Muhiyiddin seriously. Can you believe, at the eve of Hulu Selangor vote, the man is saying his Malay first thing again? Despite his stoic facade, the man has little emotional control.

    May I suggest a line to use:

    Kalau dia kata dia Melayu dulu, orang Malaysia kemudian, many kita tahu, Dia dulu sebelum orang lain, Anak dia dulu sebelum orang lain, Bini dulu sebelum orang lain, Madu dulu sebelum bini, mertua, abang, adik (empat belas semua). Samny Vellu, Kalamathan dulu dan banyak lagi?

    Bila sampai orang Hulu Selangor? Itu sebab Mahathir panggil dia orang paling kaya dalam UMNO.

  6. fair2 Says:

    Dear Datuk Zaid, congratulation for being nominated as PKR’s candidate for Hulu Selangor by-election.

    Malaysians at large regard you as a principled man of great honor ,integrity and righteousness.

    A good man like you just does not fit into Umno , a party of many crooks and thieves. I guess that is why they just had to find excuses to suppress you and eventually removed you from the party.

  7. dinobeano Says:

    All the best, Dato. You have a good team with Rashid and others (Chris Firdaus) on the ground, who are working hard on the ground.

  8. bkho Says:

    Dear Datuk, I look forward to seeing your vindication.
    The rakyat are tired of the government giving service only when there’s by election.
    And especially when the peoples’ own money is being used.

  9. bigjoe99 Says:

    I just when to @zaiibrahim tweet. Do anyone realise that he has THE MOST IMPRESSIVE LIST OF FOLLOWERS in Malaysia? Najib and even Anwar got more followers but your followers are the most impressive – top news organisation, who’s who’s of political scene here and abroad. I think everyone who has interest in Asia from Washington, 10Downing Street, Beijing, etc. you Literally Hulu Selangor is being watched by the most powerful and influential people in the world..

  10. nazryan Says:

    My Wish List for ZIFP94 – Hulu Selangor
    1. To bring up the Felda settlers issue that effect his constitute
    2. To bring up the plight of Orang Asal that effect his constitute
    3. To bring up the Linggam case and face Nazri on why AG can’t prosecute Linggam
    4. To bring up the Kelantan Oil issue
    5. To bring up the PFKZ and other corruption cases
    6. To strengthen the PR solitude and became louder but with facts and figures in the parliament – just imagine Anwar, Azmin, Saifudin, Kit Siang, Guan Eng, Karpal, Hadi, Nasarudin, Khalid Samad and now Zaid Ibrahim!
    7. To ensure that PKR would not loose another seat
    8. To ensure that PR won this 9 out of 11 by – election and showed that BN is still not relevant
    9. To show that the people of Selangor are happy and satisfied with Khalid Ibrahim works as Menteri Besar for this past two years
    10. To show that rakyat are not happy with UMNOAPCO, the payment of RM76 million to APCO so that Najib can meet US President and of his rhetoric 1 Malaysia concept
    11. To work with Khalid Ibrahim (as MB), DSAI (as economic advisor), Azmin and other PR rep in developing Selangor to continue become the most advance and leading state in Malaysia
    12. To strengthen PR position in taking over Putrajaya in GE13
    13. And to show the three PKR frogs that jumping out of PR is the biggest mistake that they can do. Undermine their integrity and capability. Who knows they might jump back to PR (but good riddance to them)
    14. So that Ku Li join PR and possibly other BN MPs

    And off course many others. Semoga rakyat Hulu Selangor bangun dan memilih Zaid Ibrahim sebagai pilihan rakyat hulu Selangor dan rakyat Malaysia keseluruhannya. How I envy you guys!

  11. bigjoe99 Says:

    Just saw the news of your wife entering the fray. Its unfortunate she has to be involved because I know she dislike for politics and politicians. She is truly remarkable woman and you are a lucky man. If anyone deserve to be first lady after Azizah, its her..

  12. zeqzeq Says:

    moga berjaya, DATUK,

    selamat berjaya

  13. gemowe Says:

    Dear Datuk,

    All the very best and may you succeed in your endeavour.

    I hope when you get into Parliment, your example will influence those that speak without thinking to think first, that are ignorant of the law to read up before speaking, that think that competition is just between Malaysia’s races to look at the globalised World. Enough of the katak bawah tempurong members of Parliment.

    That said, simple folk want simple basic things first, like opportunities and help. National issues may be hard for them to relate to for now.

    But simple or city folk, they will know your integrity.

    All the best, Datuk.

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