PETALING JAYA - Now that a video of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin calling for the sacking of 1Malaysia Development Bhd board members has gone viral, an investigation will be held to find the person who leaked it.
Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will be conducting the investigation into the leaked video, confirmed Brig Gen Datuk Fadzlette Othman Merican, press secretary to the Home Minister, when contacted by The Star Online.
Earlier Friday, several Umno-linked blogs claimed that Zahid, who is also the Umno training bureau chairman, had ordered an investigation into how the video was leaked.
The blogs also posted alleged WhatsApp messages from Zahid in a group chat, explaining that the culprit was a deputy division chief who was not supposed to be present.
"His recording was shared among his friends in the division and via the Telegram app. Zahid, who also acts as the Umno training bureau chairman, also allegedly instructed the secretariat to take immediate action as the incident had tarnished the image of the party.
"From the 12th series onwards, the secretariat will ban handphones or any sort of recording devices into the training hall," said the purported messages.
On Thursday, a video containing footage of Muhyiddin's speech calling for the sacking of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) at a closed-door Umno event surfaced on the 'Apanama' blog owned by former newsman Firdaus Abdullah.
When contacted, Firdaus said he had nothing to hide if he were to be investigated. He also made it clear that it was not involved in recording the video.
It is learnt that a deputy division leader, who was said to have recorded the video, was from the Federal Territories Umno chapter. He neither confirmed nor denied that he was responsible for the recording of the video.
"I've been accused of all sorts of things. Anybody could have done this recording," he told The Star Online, while declining to comment further on the topic.