Anwar: No evidence PKR rivals behind sex videos targeting Azmin

R. Loheswar
PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim speaks to reporters at PKR headquarters in Petaling Jaya June 12, 2019. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

PETALING JAYA, June 12 — PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has insisted today that no PKR member is behind the gay sex videos released to attack his deputy Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

Anwar said there is no evidence to support such a claim, amid allegations of an internal tussle being the cause of the scandal.

“We have no issue with the party, the only thing we considered most is this attack which we condemn.

“Not withstanding wherever or whatever the source is. We have no evidence to suggest the party is the enemy,” Anwar told reporters.

PKR held an emergency meeting on the matter today, which was attended by, among others, vice-president Dr Xavier Jayakumar, communications director Fahmi Fadzil and Sarawak chapter chief Baru Bian.

During the nearly two-hour meeting, Anwar said the party leadership had amicable discussions on what kind of statement to present to the public, how the party has been affected and how to tackle the issue within the rules.

He said they also discussed how not to interrupt investigations as the matter is being probed by police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

“There was consensus all round and no quarrels,” Anwar said when asked if the meeting was a heated one.

“From the start, we (PKR) and Pakatan Harapan had said we will push against all these disgusting politics and it doesn’t matter who the victim is.

“We spoke about how to handle this issue and what statements to make based on the rules and regulations.

“As for now, that’s all we can say about it and we can’t say anymore as we do not want to disturb the investigations which are now being conducted by the police and MACC,” he said.

While the meeting was taking place, another gay sex video and two images were released.

Several media personnel, including one Malay Mail reporter, and the politicians were added at around 7pm to a new WhatsApp group which subsequently forwarded one video and two images of homosexual sex.

The group was named “Azmin ali part 2/4”, implying that there could be two more releases in the future.

Anwar, when asked if he was aware of the second wave of videos and images, said: “No, and we don’t want to see it.

“But it is my duty to find out more about this and I will after this. However, I want to stress that regardless of this, it won’t affect our resolve.”

Anwar also said that Aznin is still PKR deputy president and there will be no changes in the party.

“I spoke to him yesterday at length and assured him we will do everything we can to help him and his family,” he added.

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