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DAP wants Zahid to resign after remark against Dr M

KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition lawmakers today have called for the resignation of Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in his capacity as the Deputy Prime Minister, Home Minister and as a Member of Parliament.
DAP's Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo described Zahid's remark yesterday against former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as "disgraceful".
He also said that a police report has been lodged against Zahid and the National Registration Department director-general Datuk Mohd Yazid Ramli for allegedly leaking Dr Mahathir's personal information.
"The Home Minister has reflect a shallow level of political maturity which must be condemned.
"In addition to that, he must now face an investigation into the propriety of his actions namely using public information supplied to him by the NRD in a political event.
"I call upon Zahid to step down as home minister whilst investigations against him are carried out as there would be a case of conflict of interest in the matter if he remains the minister who oversees the work of the police," he told a press conference at Parliament today.
In his keynote address at the Kelana Jaya Umno division meeting yesterday, Zahid claimed that Dr Mahathir was using the Malays and Umno all this while on the “pretence” of championing the Malay agenda.
He also mentioned Dr Mahathir’s Indian ancestry and revealed that the latter's blue IC stated that his name was "Mahathir anak lelaki (son of) Iskandar Kutty and his IC number is 2232519".
Zahid also said that he received the information from the NRD chief.
Meanwhile, DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang said that Zahid has failed to uphold his oath as the deputy prime minister and as a MP.
Lim was commenting on Zahid's remark where the latter said that he agreed with the move by NRD to file an appeal against the case of an illegitimate Muslim child to the Federal Court.
"I am shocked by the call by Zahid for Muslim unity to oppose anyone challenging decisions by the National Fatwa Committee in response to the Court of Appeal's ruling that a child conceived out of wedlock can take his or her father's surname and that the edict in this does not have the force of law.
The Gelang Patah MP urged Zahid to retract his statement which the former claimed was against Article 4 of the Federal Constitution which stated that the Malaysian Constitution is the supreme law in the country.
Last Thursday, the Court of Appeal in its judgment allowed an appeal by a couple to file for judicial review to force the NRD director-general to replace the bin or binti Abdullah in their child’s names to the name of the father in the birth certificate.
Zahid on Friday said any amendments to the current implementation would only be considered after obtaining the decision of the Federal Court and any action by the NRD was in line with the decision of the National Council’s Fatwa Committee.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki had also requested the Attorney-General’s Chambers to represent the Federal Government in the appeal to Federal Court and for the matter to be debated holistically without turning against Islamic laws and principles.

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