BAGAN DATUK, Nov 19 —The government has not received any information about embattled Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe’s plans to flee to Malaysia.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the government had not been informed that Mugabe were planning to come to Malaysia or any neighbouring countries in the region.
This followed a report in an online portal which claimed that Mugabe and his wife Grace could be considering Malaysia or Singapore as potential destinations if they fled Zimbabwe.
Asked for his comments on the matter, Zahid said he was only able to confirm that Mugabe had received treatment in a Kuala Lumpur hospital before.
“He received treatment there no less than three times in the past 10 years,” he told a press conference after officiating the NBOS fiesta in SMK Hutan Melintang earlier today.
“If he wants further treatment, he may want to come here again, and we have no objections.
“We do not interfere in their domestic politics,” he said.
According to reports in a British daily, the Mugabes own properties in Singapore and Malaysia.
This, it is believed, gave them the option of heading to these countries to flee the ongoing military takeover.
However, when asked on the matter, Zahid said he had no information about the Mugabes owning any properties in Malaysia.
On a different matter, Zahid lauded the success of the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS), as it had allowed the country to save RM 2 billion in operational and construction costs.
Since its introduction nine years ago, Zahid said NBOS had also created job opportunities and brought convenience to the people via initiatives like the Urban Transformation Centres and Rural Transformation Centres
“I was informed that 53 million people had used the 20 UTCs nationwide — with the Ipoh UTC alone serving 10 million visitors,” he said.
“On average, the UTCs take only 10 weeks to build. This shows NBOS’ ability to provide rapid service and benefits to the people without a long wait.”
Zahid also championed the Community Rehabilitation Program, which had resulted in a 0.6 per centrecividism rate among former prisoners.