Anwar condemns gay sex allegations against Azmin

PKR president Anwar Ibrahim talking to reporters after attending the PKR political bureau meeting today.

PETALING JAYA: PKR president Anwar Ibrahim has condemned the gay sex allegations against his deputy, Azmin Ali, by Muhammad Haziq Aziz, a party youth leader.

At a press conference after a political bureau meeting today, Anwar reiterated the party’s stand against “gutter politics”.

“The country needs to focus on socio-economic development and not be dragged through the mud.

“PKR hopes Azmin and his family will remain strong and patient in facing this huge challenge.”

The Port Dickson MP said the party supported investigations by the police and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission regarding this matter.

He also said that there was no evidence that PKR was involved, following claims by some quarters that this was an internal attack by those in the party.

Anwar’s comments come in the wake of a second video, purportedly of Azmin and Haziq.

The economic affairs minister, who was absent from today’s meeting, has already denied the allegations that he engaged in homosexual acts.

On the second video, Anwar said he was not interested in watching it but it would not change the party’s stand on the issue.

He added that he had a lengthy chat with Azmin over the phone and assured him that the party will assist him in any way it could.

Azmin, he said, apologised for not being able to attend and that he would leave it to the political bureau to decide on the matter.

Anwar said Azmin will still remain the deputy president.

As for Haziq, who is the aide to Deputy Primary Industries Minister and PKR vice-president Shamsul Iskandar, Anwar said no decision had been made on his fate yet.

“We will discuss the matter. Today, no decision was made. We are studying other implications and we are waiting for some answers,” he said, adding he wanted to allow the authorities to complete their investigations.

“I thought what I’d experienced should be the last; unfortunately this trend seems to continue. it’s deplorable, sickening and I am strongly opposed to this.

“This is not the way we should be judged or assessed in politics or society,” he said.

Earlier today, Azmin denied allegations of homosexual acts and said he was taking legal action against those who made the “abominable allegations”.

Haziq had admitted to being the person in a video depicting homosexual acts between two men and named Azmin as the person he was with.

Haziq said the video, which he claimed was recorded without his permission, was taken on May 11 at Hotel Four Points in Sandakan, during the recent by-election there.