SHAH ALAM: Bukit Melawati assemblyman Juwairiya Zulkifli has called allegations of her having a “relationship” with Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari as slanderous.
She denied being at the location and on the date mentioned in the allegations that were made public in a website article that has since been taken down, Bernama reported.
The article referred to CCTV footage from a hotel in Sandakan, Sabah, taken on May 11.
Juwairiya said she has lodged reports with the police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, adding that the allegations were damaging to her image and credibility as an elected representative as well as to the Selangor government.
“I have discussed with my lawyers to initiate legal action. On my side, we will be monitoring the case very closely to decide on the next step,” she said in a statement yesterday.
On Wednesday, Amirudin was reported to have denied the allegations and also questioned why he was being made a target. He told the press that he was in Kuala Lumpur during the time that he was allegedly in Sabah with Juwairiya.
In Klang, WANI MUTHIAH reported that the allegations against Amirudin have raised the ire of PKR leaders.
Amirudin’s political secretary Borhan Aman Shah said such an underhanded culture to topple leaders must be stopped and not be allowed to become the political trend.
To a question as to why PKR leaders were targeted, Borhan said it is probably because the party has many leaders holding important positions in the Federal Government as well as state governments.
PKR vice-president Tian Chua said the public can play an important role in ending such dirty practices.
“The people should reject such political slander and dirty political tactics.
“It is time for us to focus on other more important things such as economic growth and development,’’ he said.
Selayang MP William Leong said one of the main reasons PKR was always the target of gutter politics was its promulgation of multi-racialism.
“Although PKR is a Malay-majority party, its stand is very different from that of other conventional Malay-dominant parties, and because of this the party is regarded as being deviant by certain quarters,’’ he said.
Sungai Kandis assemblyman Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni also opined that efforts must be made to eradicate dirty politics.