Party members should be free to speak if supported by the facts, says Azmin

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  • Thursday, 20 Jun 2019

Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali (centre) speaking to the press after the Gala Dinner and Asia Business Leadership Excellence Awards last night. IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star. June 20, 2019.

KUALA LUMPUR: Party members should be free to voice out their opinions but it must be supported by the facts, says Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

The Economics Affairs minister said Thursday (June 20) that they should be free to air their views but it must be with basis, when asked about the gag order issued by PKR's disciplinary committee on the issue.

"I thought we believe in democracy and freedom of speech. Why should there by double standards?

"We should be allowing the whole process to take place in the party and government.

"But we certainly do not condone gutter politics and false accusations.

"You want to express your concerns, you should be free to do so but it must be based on facts," the PKR deputy president said.

Azmin added that the rejection of gutter politics by various parties is giving him strength to continue his fight against the alleged sex videos implicating him.

"This is a very positive development that will give me strength to carry on my struggle.

"I see this as a good sign that Malaysians reject gutter and dirty politics," he told reporters after attending the Asia Economic and Entrepreneurship Summit (AEES) Gala Dinner here Thursday.

He was asked to respond to recent statements by several Opposition leaders, who have not called for his resignation, condemning the alleged sex videos as gutter politics.

In the past week, clips of a video involving two men have gone viral, followed by a confession by Santubong PKR youth chief Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz that he was one of the two men in the view.

Haziq,  who was the senior private secretary to deputy Primary Industries minister Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin, alleged that the other person in the video was Azmin.

Azmin had categorically denied the allegation, saying it was made to tarnish his reputation and destroy his political career.

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