Up to Azmin to take leave or not, says Dr M

Dr Mahathir Mohamad tries out a virtual reality headset at the Beyond Paradigm Summit today.

KUALA LUMPUR: Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said it is up to PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali if he wants to take leave or continue working, as individuals are innocent until proven guilty.

“The whole thing is about a political scheme, not about exposing someone’s wrongdoing but more to prevent someone from succeeding in politics,” he added on the sidelines of the Beyond Paradigm Summit 2019 at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre here.

The prime minister’s comments come a day after PKR information chief Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin hinted that Azmin should take leave pending the police probe into a series of gay sex videos targeted at the economic affairs minister.

Former Santubong PKR Youth chief Haziq Aziz had named Azmin as one of two individuals seen engaging in homosexual activities, claiming that he was the other.

However, Azmin strongly denied the claim, saying it was part of a conspiracy to end his political career.

When asked about talk that Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak, the political secretary of PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, had been picked up by the police along with two others yesterday, Mahathir said: “This is the first time I’m hearing (of it).”

On remarks by the Chinese government that both countries should have “friendly consultations” on any problems following the transfer of RM1 billion from the account of China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Ltd to Suria Strategic Resources Sdn Bhd, a finance ministry-owned company, he said: “We are ready to talk to China all the time.”