Azmin dismisses calls for him to take a polygraph test over sex video

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  • Monday, 24 Jun 2019

Azmin said the setting up of the action council, comprising individuals with the expertise and skills as well as a good reputation in the community, is needed to provide useful input to the government.

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Azmin Ali has brushed aside calls for him to take a polygraph test following the sex video controversy.

The Economic Affairs Minister said he had already taken all the necessary legal steps including lodging reports with the relevant authorities regarding the issue.

"This is the problem with Umno. They want to be the prosecutor, investigator and judge as well as decide everything.

"I have already taken early measures as I'm confident that it is a cruel, malicious accusation and a concerted plan made by certain quarters," he told reporters after attending the ministry's Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house celebration on Monday (June 24).

He was asked to comment on the suggestion by Umno supreme council member Datuk Lokman Nor Adam that Azmin should take a polygraph test to determine the authenticity of the sex video.

"Is he (Lokman) the new Attorney General?" asked Azmin.

"This is clearly a political ploy. I have taken several steps based on my lawyer's advice by lodging a qazaf report followed by a police report," he added.

"I also have given my full cooperation to the authorities, unlike those who want to simply determine the outcome of the investigations, its results and the next course of action," he said.

In an exclusive interview with Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz, The Star reported that the Santubong PKR Youth chief, who caused an uproar with his confession that he was the man in the sex video with Azmin, challenged Azmin to lodge a police report against him if the Economic Affairs Minister was confident of his own innocence.

The PKR deputy president also said that he had the chance to meet with party supporters to explain the issue privately.

"They had requested to hold a closed-door meeting so I could give my views on several issues.

"And I have given them a lot of hope so they can manage the party more efficiently and professionally, as PKR is no longer an Opposition party, but a ruling party at the state and federal level.

He added that party members were receptive and reacted positively to his message as they had known him for a long time.

"They have known me for a long time, as I am part of the pioneer members together with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (PKR president).

"At that time, I defended him (Anwar) when he was slandered in 1998," added Azmin.

Asked to explain why he did not attend the central committee meeting on Sunday (June 23), Azmin said that he was accompanying the Prime Minister in Bangkok, Thailand.

"If they hold the central committee meeting in Bangkok, perhaps I can attend," he quipped.

It was reported that PKR will not lend credence to the sex video controversy by questioning Azmin over the issue.





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