As such, he urged the Kelantan Menetri Besar not to involve military personnel or the Defence Ministry in his (Nik Aziz'z) political games.
"This 'Kolonel Mat' thing is a figment of Nik Aziz's imagination. To my knowledge, the Colonel I think he is referring to has died," he told reporters after opening a conference of Air Force chiefs in conjunction with the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA '09) exhibition, here Monday.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also Umno vice president, said the action by the Kelantan Menteri Besar in claiming one "Kolonel Mat" was out to topple him also showed Nik Aziz was "afraid of his own shadows".
The minister said this in commenting on claims by Nik Aziz that this colonel was conspiring to topple the PAS government in Kelantan.
On the Kelantan Menteri Besar calling on Muslims to pray for the "demise" of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib if the federal government did not give oil royalty to Kelantan, Ahmad Zahid said this was wrong.
"By making such a prayer, he is actually inviting retribution for himself," he said.
Also present at the conference were Malaysian Defence Forces chief Gen Tan Sri Azizan Ariffin and Royal Malaysian Air Force chief Gen Datuk Seri Rodzali Daud.
LIMA'09 begins tomorrow and ends on Saturday.