IPOH: In an about-turn, former Perak menteri besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin is now claiming that he was merely asking a question and not making an allegation.
He is now at the centre of a controversy following his statement that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and senior military officials had met to discuss the next general election's outcome.
Nizar said yesterday that he only sought a confirmation from those concerned if such a meeting took place.
He said several senior navy personnel had whispered to him about the meeting when he met them at functions, including at mosques, in Lumut, the naval base.
"I just wanted a confirmation if what was told to me was true or otherwise."
He had earlier evaded the media's questions about the matter during a press conference at the state Pas office here.
Nizar said he welcomed armed forces chief Gen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin's move to lodge a police report.
The armed forces had denied that such a meeting took place and dismissed it as a "baseless accusation".
Zulkifeli had said they were frustrated with the allegation, which was politically motivated, and Nizar's statement was also seen as an attempt to discredit the armed forces and the prime minister.
Meanwhile, MCA Youth national deputy chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said Nizar should respect the armed forces for their service and sacrifices.