KUALA LUMPUR - Former Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir today admitted that his father and former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and former Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had plans to topple Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
"I agree that my father tried to topple Najib and this plan started not in 2015 but much earlier, in 2014, " he said in his testimony in the High Court here.
Mukhriz, 52, who is deputy president of the opposition Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), was responding to a question from counsel Datuk Seri Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos during cross-examination in the defamation suit brought by Mukhriz against Datuk Seri Tengku Sharifuddin Tengku Ahmad, the press secretary to the Prime Minister.
Asked by the lawyer whether he agreed that Dr Mahathir and Muhyiddin conspired to topple Najib, plaintiff Mukhriz said: "I do not want to use the word conspiracy, but they had a similar intention.
Mukhriz said the matter was public knowledge, especially among Malaysians, and it had also circulated on social media and the mainstream media."
Mukhriz, who acknowledged having contested the vice-presidency when he was in