KUALA LUMPUR: Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali has brushed aside calls for him to take a polygraph test after he was implicated in a sex video controversy.
Azmin, who is also the PKR deputy president, said he had already taken all the necessary legal steps on the issue, including lodging reports with the relevant authorities.
“This is the problem with Umno that wants to spread slander. They want to be the prosecutor, investigator and judge as well as decide everything.
“I have already taken early measures as I am confident that it is a cruel act, a malicious accusation and a concerted plan made by certain quarters,” he told reporters after attending the ministry’s Hari Raya open house celebration.
He was asked to comment on a suggestion by Umno supreme council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam for him to 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.
“I have also given my full cooperation to them, unlike the ‘cicak mengkarung’ (liar) who wants to simply determine the full investigation, results and the next course of action,” he said.
In an exclusive interview with Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz, The Star had reported the Santubong PKR Youth chief, who caused an uproar with his confession that he was the man in the sex video, as challenging Azmin to lodge a police report against him if the minister was confident of his own innocence.
Azmin said he had taken the chance to meet party supporters to explain to them to privately discuss the latest issues.
“They had requested for me to hold a closed-door meeting to give my views on several issues.
“And I have given them hope so that 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 said.
Party members, he added, were receptive and reacted positively to his message as they had known him for a long time.
“They have known me in the party for a long time as I am one of the pioneers involved in explaining my role along with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (PKR president).
“At that time, I have defended him (Anwar) when he was attacked and slandered in 1998,” said Azmin.
Asked why he did not attend the central committee meeting on Sunday, Azmin said he had been accompanying the Prime Minister in Bangkok, Thailand.
“If they hold the central committee meeting in Bangkok, perhaps I can attend,” he quipped.