Zaid admitted that he had missed some party meetings but said he had valid excuses.
“Sometimes there were other important things to attend to, including being with the rakyat,” he said.
“I am not the only one to have missed party meetings. Others, including Azmin, too have missed meetings.”
He accused some party leaders of hypocrisy, saying they were using the same political tactics they had accused Umno of practising.
Referring to his failed bid in the Hulu Selangor by-election, he said these leaders had complained that Umno used underhanded tactics and personal attacks in the campaign. “Yet, they are doing the same now.”
“They complain that the sodomy charges against Anwar Ibrahim are all slander, but they have no qualms dishing out slander against me,” he added.