Anwar distances himself from aide’s call for Azmin to quit

Anwar Ibrahim.

PETALING JAYA: Anwar Ibrahim has distanced himself from remarks by his aide calling for Mohamed Azmin Ali’s resignation if it was proven that several video clips allegedly showing the economic affairs minister engaged in homosexual acts were genuine.

The PKR president was referring to remarks by his political secretary Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak, who said Azmin should resign if the sex videos allegedly showing the latter and a Sarawak PKR Youth leader engaging in homosexual acts turned out to be genuine.

“Once again, I call upon party leaders and members to use the proper channel and leave investigations to the police,” the Port Dickson MP said in a statement.

Anwar’s comments on Farhash’s remarks come days after he said there was no need to pressure Azmin to go on leave, following calls made by certain parties, including the Otai Reformasi reform movement.

In throwing down the challenge earlier today, Farhash also urged the PKR deputy president to take legal action against Muhammad Haziq Aziz following his allegation that he had sex with Azmin.

Haziq, an aide to Deputy Primary Industries Minister Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin, had made a startling claim in a video confession on Facebook, naming himself and Azmin as the pair in several clips shared on social media last week.

Azmin has strongly denied the claim, describing it as “a nefarious plot” to assassinate his character and damage his reputation. He has also threatened to take legal action.

Police are investigating Haziq, who was arrested last week, for various offences, including carnal intercourse against the order of nature and distributing obscene materials.

Azmin gave his statement to the police yesterday.

Earlier today, he said he was convinced that several gay sex video clips targeted at him were the work of certain PKR members with links to the Philippines.