Dr Mahathir Mohamad reminds the current deputy PM on the assets that he once declared in the 1990s

KUALA LUMPUR: Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s feud with Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi looks set to continue when the former claimed that the latter already had millions of ringgit in his accounts during the 1990s.

Writing in his blog Chedet, the 92-year-old politician questioned Zahid whether he remembers the asset declaration he once made when he assumed the post of Umno Youth chief then.

“When I asked him where did he get RM230 million in his account, he answered vaguely.

“If he can remember, he should explain where such a large amount of money came from,” wrote Mahathir.

Zahid was Umno Youth chief from 1996 before he was detained under the now defunct Internal Security Act (ISA) in 1998.

He has since climbed back the ladder in Umno and is now the party’s acting deputy president.

Mahathir’s attack came after Zahid had questioned his lineage during the Kelana Jaya Umno division annual general meeting last Sunday.

“Dr Mahathir had likely forgotten about this fact – that he is the ‘son of Iskandar Kutty’,”

“On his blue IC, his name is listed as ‘Mahathir son of Iskandar Kutty’. This was sent to me by the director-general of National Registration Department,” Zaid was quoted as saying in media reports.

Mahathir said that the name Zahid had mentioned does not exist and challenged him to prove his allegation with experts.

“Actually, I did not surrender the old card to the registrar when the new card was issued,” Mahathir said.

He also claimed that Zahid himself is not of Malay descent.