KOTA KINABALU: Sabah PKR chief Christina Liew has thrown her support behind party deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali in the wake of the gay sex allegations against him.
Liew, who is also the Sabah deputy chief minister, doubted the authenticity of the video clips which have gone viral over social media.
She urged party members to calm down and not to jump to conclusions.
Liew said the matter was now in the hands of the police, adding that people should allow the authorities to investigate without speculating further on the issue.
“Azmin is our deputy president and we have a lot of respect for him. Under his leadership, PKR is moving, so I don’t believe that it is an inside job.
“But let’s leave it to the police to investigate, and as our president said, not to speculate.
“Personally, I don’t believe it. With today’s advanced technology, a lot of people can doctor videos like this,” she told reporters after an event here today.
In a 30-second video clip uploaded on Facebook yesterday, Muhammad Haziq Abdul Aziz, the private secretary of Deputy Primary Industries Minister Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin, confessed that he was the person seen in video clips showing two men performing homosexual acts, one of whom resembled a senior minister.
He named Azmin as the other person in the video, a claim Azmin said was aimed at killing his political career.
This afternoon, Shamsul Iskandar announced that he had suspended Haziq, who had been told to respond to a show cause letter within three days.
Liew urged the public not to spread the videos.
“Let’s leave it to the police to investigate and we can move from there,” she said.