‘Leaked phone data’ was easily available, says PKR sec-gen

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution says data of all PKR leaders was collected during the party’s recent elections.

KOTA KINABALU: The secretary-general of PKR, Saifuddin Nasution, has denied that the party was involved in leaking private information about party leaders and that contact details were easily available.

Saifuddin said obtaining such data is not difficult.

“At the party elections last year, for example, basic data of all candidates, including phone numbers and home addresses, were collected by the party’s election machinery. It was a prerequisite.

“The data is not secret,” he said.

The party’s deputy president, Mohamed Azmin Ali, who has been implicated in a sex video scandal, had questioned how phone numbers of party leaders had been leaked.

Saifuddin, who is head of the party’s administration office, said it was not his job to leak any information for the benefit of anybody.

However, such information can be easily obtained by anyone by contacting the relevant people, he said.

“But to imply that the party’s headquarters is somehow involved in this … that did not happen at all,” he said after attending a meeting chaired by PKR president Anwar Ibrahim here today.

He urged Azmin to stay strong in his time of trials, adding that the party had decided that the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission should investigate the issue.

On Wednesday, Santubong PKR Youth chief Haziq Aziz said that he was one of two men shown on a leaked video having sex in a hotel room in Sandakan last month. He had named Azmin as the other person. Azmin has strongly denied the claim and has threatened to take legal action.

Commenting on the meeting today, Saifuddin said Anwar took the opportunity to explain the latest on current issues.

Anwar also urged party leaders to take care of their discipline and not to rush into taking sides with regards to what is happening within the party now.