Dr Mahathir ready to be a witness in lawsuit against Azmin

The court is the best forum to confirm the allegations brought up in the lawsuit, says former PM

by AFIQ AZIZ / pic by HUSSEIN SHAHARUDDIN

FORMER prime minister (PM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (picture) has offered to be a witness in the lawsuit filed by 10 voters from Gombak against their MP Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Dr Mahathir said he is willing to be a witness as the suit also mentioned the series of events that led to the downfall of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government earlier this year.

“All the things mentioned in this claim have been clarified by me repeatedly.

“I am willing to offer myself as a witness in court if my testimony is required,” he said in a statement yesterday.

“I view the people’s bravery to question the credibility and integrity of an MP like Azmin as a process that matures the democratisation of the country.

“I am ready to offer myself as a witness in court if my statement is needed. I am ready to help,” the Langkawi MP added.

The Gombak voters — through their counsel Yohendra Nadarajan — filed the suit at the High Court on Nov 27, and named Azmin as the sole defendant, seek a declaration that Azmin, who is also the international trade and industry minister, had committed the tort of deceit against them.

The plaintiffs are also seeking a declaration that Azmin has breached his constitutional oath under Article 59(1) read together with the sixth schedule of the Federal Constitution by breaching the representations.

Earlier this week, Azmin had said in an interview that the idea to establish a Malay-Muslim government was mooted by Dr Mahathir, which the latter subsequently denied.

The plaintiffs are also seeking a declaration that Azmin has breached his constitutional oath under Article 59(1) read together with the sixth schedule of the Federal Constitution by breaching the representations.

Dr Mahathir said the court is the best forum to confirm the allegations brought up in the lawsuit.

He further said elected representatives need to understand that the people chose them to be their voice in Parliament and to lead them, not to grapple for power or to serve their own interests.

In the statement of claim, the plaintiffs accused Azmin of causing the collapse of the PH government in February and later forming the PN government in cahoot with individuals which Azmin himself had acknowledge were “credibly accused of corrupt practices”.

The plaintiffs said Azmin, the former PKR deputy president, had pledged to abide by the PH 2018 election manifesto, to address, among others, the wrongdoing of Barisan Nasional (BN) when it was the federal government.

“The defendant committed himself to the PH manifesto and represented that if elected, he would abide by the same, which was to address the wrongdoings committed by BN when it was the federal government.

“Votes, including the plaintiffs, were cast by the electorate for the defendant as a candidate for PH on the basis of the representations and the PH manifesto,” they said.

However, they said, the process of reforms was stalled when the defendant orchestrated or took part in the change of government infamously known as the “Sheraton Move”.


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Dr M offers to testify in a lawsuit against Azmin