Diehard ‘reformasi veterans’ tell Azmin to go on leave, question Dr M’s defence

Otai Reformasi chairman Idris Ahmad speaks at a press conference in Petaling Jaya today.

PETALING JAYA: A group of diehard reformasi supporters has urged Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali to go on leave pending probes by the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission into allegations of corruption as well as alleged involvement in several lewd video clips.

Otai Reformasi, comprising PKR supporters who took to the streets in the aftermath of Anwar Ibrahim’s dramatic sacking from the government in 1998, also questioned Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s defence of Azmin, saying it feared interference by the prime minister in the investigations.

“Mahathir says the video is doctored using sophisticated technology, but we doubt he is qualified to talk about video technology.

“Meanwhile, the person in the video has confessed his involvement in the sex acts,” said the group’s chairman Idris Ahmad.

Idris said Mahathir’s response to the latest sex videos saga was also in contrast to his reaction in the late 90’s to allegations of sexual misconduct against his then-deputy Anwar.

“We hope Mahathir does not practise double standards in dealing with the video controversy,” he said.

On Sept 2, 1998, Mahathir sacked Anwar, accusing the latter of being a homosexual and sparking a political crisis which saw thousands taking to the streets.

Anwar, Mahathir’s anointed successor at the time, denied the allegations, saying they were designed to stop his quick rise to becoming the prime minister.

Both leaders buried the hatchet in 2016, forming an election alliance which pushed Barisan Nasional out of power last year.

Earlier this week, Muhammad Haziq Abdul Aziz, the private secretary of Deputy Primary Industries Minister Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin, released a shocking video clip claiming he was the person seen in several viral videos showing two men performing homosexual acts, one of whom resembles a senior minister.

Haziq, who was later suspended from his position, named Azmin as the other person in the video.

Azmin strongly denied the claim and threatened legal action.

Haziq also questioned the sincerity of the Pakatan Harapan government after ruling politicians took turns to accuse him of having a political agenda.