KUALA LUMPUR — July 17, 2019: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim wants his deputy Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali to go on leave immediately if it is proven that he is the one implicated in the sex videos that have gone viral in recent weeks, after which the latter retorted that Anwar, himself a subject of much similar gossips previously, should take a look in the mirror.
“I am of the view that if the videos are authentic, then he Mohamed Azmin must go on leave, but that is what we hear, there is no confirmation… if the videos are not authentic, he need not go on leave,” Anwar said to reporters at the Parliament lobby today.
However Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad takes a different view, commenting that any leader under investigation has the option of going on leave or remaining on duty so long as he or she has not been proven guilty.
“Ya (yes) … you can take leave or you can carry on. You are not guilty until proven,” he said, after being asked about a call by PKR information chief Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Mohd. Akin that any leader alleged to have been involved in misconduct should go on leave voluntarily to facilitate investigations.
Asked about the arrest of an aide to Anwar with two other men relating to investigations on the videos, Mahathir said it was the first time he was hearing that.
Bernama reports that when asked about the arrest of a Perak PKR leader, Anwar reacted by saying that he was not informed about it.
A Sinar Harian report today said that the chairman of Perak PKR Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak has been remanded for four days after being arrested by police yesterday. Farhash is also Anwar’s political secretary.
The issue over the sex videos became national gossip when former Santubong PKR Youth chief Haziq Aziz came out in the open to admit that he was one of the two men in a video while naming Azmin, also the economic affairs minister, as the other.
Understandably Azmin has denied this and went on to claim that it was in fact the work of people out to destroy his political career.