Azmin: Gay sex video ‘vicious libel’

by ALIFAH ZAINUDDIN / pic by TMR FILE PIX

ECONOMIC Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali has denied allegations of a sexual tryst with a man shown in a video, which has shocked the public and created a storm for the Pakatan Harapan government.

The former Selangor mentri besar yesterday said he was not the man in a secret recording allegedly taken in a hotel room, claiming the purported video and allegation as “vicious libel” against him.

The federal minister described the assertion as a nefarious plot to assassinate his reputation and character in an attempt to destroy his political career.

Azmin said the video is part of a series of concerted attempts over the past few months to vilify him, which include intimidation against the safety of his family, and vile and baseless accusations of corruption.

“I utterly condemn this brand of gutter politics. It has no place in this era of New Malaysia, where we are working to rebuild the nation through institutional reforms,” he said in a statement.

Azmin said he has instructed his lawyers to take the appropriate legal action against the individual and other perpetrators who make these abominable allegations.

“I will avail myself of all legal means at my disposal to expose these culprits,” he said.

On Monday morning, several gay sex videos and lewd photographs purportedly involving a Cabinet minister were shared in social media platforms and WhatsApp group chats with reporters. The creators of the group had used pseudonyms linked to several ministers and key political members.

One of the groups listed “Saifuddin Abdullah” as its administrator, while another was identified as “Tian Chua”.

The name “Zuraida” also propped up in one of the chats. All three have since denied their involvement in the establishment of the groups.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Haziq Abdul Aziz has admitted that he was the younger participant in the series of gay videos, which featured a Cabinet minister from PKR.

Muhammad Haziq, who is from PKR, also claimed that the leader was unfit to hold any government position.

In a Facebook video, Muhammad Haziq, who is also an aide to a different minister, said the video was shot without his permission on May 11 during a by-election in the state of Sabah in the minister’s hotel room.

“I urge the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) to investigate (the minister) for corruption. He is not an individual qualified to be a leader,” he said in the Facebook video.

But Azmin said he would fight the allegations, which he said were cowardly acts.

“I will not submit to these cowardly acts and heinous attempts to distract the public from the pressing concerns of the nation and the successes of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the planning and implementation of national development policies that are sustainable and inclusive.

“I trust the Royal Malaysia Police and the MACC will take all necessary actions in regard to this matter,” Azmin added.

There were claims of a split in PKR with one camp aligned to the PKR deputy president. The split was apparent during the party’s election end of last year.

News sites reported on Monday that Umno supreme council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam had lodged a police report over three video clips showing sexual activity between two men.

Lokman had also called on the MACC to investigate an allegedly suspicious transfer of RM3.1 million into the minister’s account in 2017.

Newly appointed MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya said the anti-graft busters will investigate all the reports received including allegations that Azmin has up to RM300 million stashed abroad.

Meanwhile, UEM Group Bhd had also issued a brief statement to deny any possession of a Malayan Banking Bhd account allegedly used to transfer money from the firm into Azmin’s account.

The conglomerate said it does not have an account with the bank’s main branch in Kuala Lumpur, nor with the account number that went viral on social media. “To clear its name, UEM Group has lodged a police report and is ready to cooperate with relevant authorities,” it said.