Zahid Who Is Now Facing A Total 87 Graft Charges Says He Is Back As UMNO President
Earlier today, 30 June, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced that he was ending his garden leave to resume his position as UMNO president
"I can no longer stand seeing the people being lied to and insulted.
"So, beginning today, I am officially resuming my duties as Umno president," Zahid said, adding that he can do this as he was elected party president, and not appointed.
He said this in conjunction with the first anniversary of him being elected as UMNO president. He had gone on the garden leave six months after he was elected.
"So one year anniversary is important to me, hence on 30 June 2019, I wish to announce that I am ending my (garden) leave today," Zahid said.
Zahid, who made the announcement at a Hari Raya function in Sungai Sumun in Perak, is currently facing a total of 87 graft charges, which is the highest among his Barisan Nasional peers
On Thursday, 27 June, Zahid was charged with 33 counts of receiving RM42.76 million in bribes from the operator of a visa application system.
The 33 new charges brought the total number of charges against him to 87, involving tens of millions of ringgit belonging to Yayasan Akalbudi.
During the trial, Zahid pleaded not guilty to the 33 news counts.
According to The Borneo Post Online's report, he is alleged to have committed all the offences at Country Heights, Kajang, between October 2014 and July 2017.