ALOR SETAR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir has said he is prepared to face any possibilities over his appearance in a leaked video showing former Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin purportedly recounting a conversation with Prime Minister Najib Razak on the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy.
"I am ready to face any possibilities and there is no need for speculations on the matter," said Datuk Seri Mukhriz, referring to the viral video clip, that appeared to be recorded on a mobile device.
The clip with poor audio showed Muhyiddin, who is still Umno's deputy president, speaking to several guests, including Mukhriz, about funds that media reports had alleged were deposited into the Premier's account.
The clip was the first time that an Umno official claimed the funds did flow into Najib's accounts. Najib has repeatedly said he never took any funds for "personal gain", but has not clarified whether he had those bank accounts and whether any funds flowed in.
Speaking to reporters at an Umno division Hari Raya open house in Perak on Thursday, Muhyiddin took the opportunity to explain his appearance in the video.
"I visited Muhyiddin to say thank you to him. He had done many good things for Kedah during his term as deputy prime minister and education minister. He is Umno's deputy president, so I think it's not wrong for me to pay him a visit," he said.
He added that those who recorded the purported conversation had to be questioned.
When asked if his position as Kedah Mentri Besar would be affected over the video clip, Mukhriz said, "I do not see what I had done was wrong."
"The power in my hand was given by Allah, it can be taken away anytime," he added.