KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has filed his application to have his passport returned permanently to him at the High Court today.
In his affidavit, the UMNO President said, he is unable to carry out his role as the deputy prime minister as he has no access to the document.
He said, he has received the mandate from the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to represent him for the government administrative matters and as such need to be present in and out of the country, as quoted by NST.
The Bagan Datuk Member of Parliament said, he needs the document as it is a requirement to get a diplomatic passport for his duties.
The court should consider his application because it would bring goodwill and continuity to the country’s administration. He stated that in his application to reclaim his passport which had been seized by the court after he was charged with multiple corruption cases involving Yayasan Akalbudi (YAB) few years ago.
Zahid is currently facing 47 charges and out of which 12 cases relating to criminal breach of trust (CBT) eight corruption and 27 for money laundering involving RM31 million of YAB funds.
Relating to the 12 CBT charges, Zahid is alleged to have used the funds for payments of personal credit cards, insurance policies and licences for his personal vehicles, remittances to a law firm and contributions to the police football association. – Malaysia World News