Umno supreme council member Jalaluddin Alias claims that the plan to prosecute party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is the government's latest attempt to humiliate Umno leaders.
"This is a strategy to project Zahid as an untrustworthy and unqualified leader even though the people know that he had contributed much to this country," he said in a statement today.
Jalaluddin, who is also the Jelebu MP, noted that the planned charge again Zahid on Friday follows the prosecution of former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak and Baling MP Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim.
"However, I am confident that Malaysians will not be influenced by the government's malice as the people know that he defends them regardless of their origins.
"He has also helped in the development of many religious schools and mosques in the interest of Islam in this country," Jalaluddin said, adding that Putrajaya should focus on developing the country instead of trying to humiliate past leaders.
He also accused Putrajaya of engaging in politics of vengeance.
Zahid is expected to present himself at the MACC later today. MACC sources have said that the former deputy prime minister may be arrested and charged tomorrow.