Umno chief Zahid on defensive over support for Malaysian opposition leader Anwar

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (left) declared his support for opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. PHOTOS: BERNAMA, REUTERS
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KUALA LUMPUR - Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is in the firing line after declaring his support for opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, facing backlash from leaders within his own party as well as its allies in Malaysia's Perikatan Nasional (PN) government.

The Straits Times understands that talks scheduled for Monday (Oct 19) night between the pro-Malay Muslim parties in Muafakat Nasional - Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) and Umno - were abandoned at the 11th hour after a stand-off with Zahid.

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