PETALING JAYA: Economics Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali is hitting out at those behind the sex video which allegedly featured him, accusing them of a “nefarious plot” to ruin his reputation and political career.
He added that he would expose “these culprits”.
“Judging from recent political developments, this is clearly the latest in a series of concerted attempts over the past few months to vilify me, which include intimidation against the safety of my family and I in the final week of Ramadan, and vile and baseless accusations of corruption,” he said in the statement yesterday.
The Gombak lawmaker added he has instructed his lawyers to take action against the individuals who made the “abominable allegations”.
His lawyers, he said, would also act against “other perpetrators”, but did not elaborate on the targets of this legal action.
Azmin strongly condemned such “gutter politics”, adding that it has no place in New Malaysia.
“I will not submit to these cowardly acts and heinous attempts to distract the public from the pressing concerns of the nation and the successes of the Economic Affairs Ministry in the planning and implementation of national development policies that are sustainable and inclusive.
“I trust the Royal Malaysia Police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission will take all necessary actions with regards to this matter,” he said.
Azmin’s family members also took to social media to voice their support for him.
His wife Datin Seri Shamsidar Taharin via her Twitter account urged him to be patient and quoted a verse from the Al-Quran which said that fitnah (slander) was worse than killing.
“Exercise tawakkul, taqwa and sabr for His guidance, protection and reward @AzminAli,” she wrote.
His son Ameer posted a photograph on his Twitter account where the caption said: “always next to you because together we’re stronger.”
His daughter Farah Amira, via her Twitter handle @miraazmin, hit out at her father’s detractors.
“This kind of gutter politics isn’t just messing with a person but the entire family. It’s disgusting.
“How do you sleep at night knowing you could’ve (but too bad you FAILED) broken up a family.
“This is low even for you,” she said.
Azmin’s other daughter Farah Shazliyana also tweeted: “We’ve been through this before, and we’ll go through this again. Better together, stronger than ever.”
Video clips and several lewd photos of two men, including one said to resemble Azmin, have been spreading via WhatsApp and websites.
Yesterday, Muhammad Haziq Abdul Aziz, a senior private secretary to Deputy Primary Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin, confessed to being one of the two men in the sex videos and claimed that Azmin was the other man.
In the confession video uploaded on Facebook, Haziq said the videos were taken without his permission on May 11 during the Sandakan by-election.
He claimed Azmin was not fit to be a leader and should be investigated for corruption.
On Tuesday, Umno supreme council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam lodged a police report over the matter, saying, “I want the police to investigate the authenticity of the videos, who has been spreading the videos and also the ‘actors’ involved”.
He added that their “acting was not very good”.