The Selangor menteri besar says he will respect his ‘private discussion’ with the minister he claims wants to resign.
SUBANG JAYA: Azmin Ali says he is not going to name the senior minister who he claims will be quitting over 1MDB as the man may face threats from the government if his name is revealed.
The Selangor menteri besar said this is because he understands how Barisan Nasional operates.
“I am not going to name the person as our discussion was private.
“If I expose the name, the government will use the system to threaten and oppress the individual.
“So I will not name him,” he told reporters at the Empire Hotel in Subang today.
Prime Minister Najib Razak, in a Twitter message yesterday, denied the claims made by Azmin and challenged him to reveal the name of the minister.
“I shall assume Azmin is telling a lie to create a stir unless he can reveal the name,” he said.
Azmin, when pressed on the details of the discussion he had with the minister, refused to divulge more information.
He also did not react when asked if Foreign Minister Anifah Aman was the man he was referring to.
He also reminded Najib not to be “edgy” because he was merely asking a question if any minister was quitting.
“As a prime minister, he has to be confident and not become hysterical (melatah) on the issue because it was only a question.
“I did not say that I want to reveal it. Was it wrong of me to ask the question?”
To date, several ministers have denied they were quitting.
On a separate matter, Azmin said his mother is now in a coma after a stroke.
“At noon today, she suffered a stroke for the second time and this is more serious. She is being hospitalised at KPJ Damansara.
“Doctors met family members this evening and said she is in critical condition,” he said.
Bernama later reported Azmin had stated that a screengrab of a Twitter post claiming Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor would resign was false.
“This viral post is false,” he said in a post on his official Twitter account today.
The dubious screengrab of the Gombak MP and Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman’s Twitter feed has gone viral on social media.