Let the police investigate sex video and stop speculating, Anwar tells PKR members

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  • Sunday, 16 Jun 2019

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Baru Bian (in blue baju Melayu) greeting those present at Sarawak PKR's Gawai Raya celebration on Sunday (June 16).

KUCHING: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says party members should not cast aspersions without evidence in the matter of the sex video implicating his deputy.

The Port Dickson MP said the police should be allowed to investigate the case first, adding that he did not doubt they would do a thorough job.

"There must be some hidden hands, otherwise it's done in the open. The police are investigating.

"If it's hidden, you don't know (who it is). You should not cast aspersions prior to an investigation.

"You can only determine once you have the facts or evidence to support. So I think let us move on," Anwar told reporters at the Sarawak PKR's Gawai Raya celebration here on Sunday (June 16) night.

He was responding to Datuk Seri Azmin Ali's call for the PKR leadership to investigate how those who circulated the videos obtained the phone numbers of party officers.

In case of any dissatisfaction requiring an investigation by the party, Anwar said PKR would not have the capacity to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter compared to what the police could do.

"I have no reason to doubt that because the IGP himself has given categorical assurances that it will be thoroughly and professionally conducted," he said.

Asked if PKR was in crisis because of the sex scandal, Anwar said this was not so because the party leaders were mature and had gone through similar challenges.

"The party is not beholden to me or to Azmin or to any individual. There is a cause, a struggle.

"As comrades for decades, of course we express our concerns and sympathies," he said.

He also called for everyone to stick to the facts rather than indulging in speculation or theories about the videos.

"I think we should confine ourselves to facts. If we have facts, then we can proceed.

"If we don't have, we should have the humility to acknowledge we do not know beyond what we hear or what we see," he said.

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