Dr M offers to testify against Azmin in suit by Gombak voters


PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad offers to testify against Senior Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali in a suit brought by his constituents in Gombak.

Dr Mahathir said Wednesday (Dec 2) that as some of the allegations against Azmin in the suit were stated by him previously, he was willing to assist the 10 Gombak voters who claimed Azmin had broken his promises as Gombak MP when he joined Perikatan Nasional.

"Based on the statement of claim filed by the 10 registered voters, I was advised by lawyers that the suit was filed against Azmin for breaking his sworn oath as Gombak MP, ignoring the trust of the Gombak voters for self-interest, doing away with his promises during the last general election campaign and committing a tort of deceit.

"The statement of claim includes the Sheraton Move and the formation of Perikatan, which divided Pakatan Harapan, the then elected government.

"It also stated that I did not attend the gathering at Sheraton Hotel on Feb 23, that I resigned on Feb 24 and Azmin is now cooperating with Barisan Nasional leaders who faced or are facing criminal charges.

"I am ready to offer myself as a witness in court if my testimony is required. I am willing to assist," said Dr Mahathir.

He further said the court is the best forum to prove these allegations and feels that the suit is a brave act on the part of the rakyat.

On Dec 1, it was reported that 10 Gombak voters are suing their MP Azmin for alleged deceit and breach of fiduciary duty for leaving the Pakatan coalition and joining Perikatan.

The group – Affandy Abd Raof Faiz, B. Balasuntharam, Fatimah Begum Abu Bakar, Koo Kim Seng, Mazidah Mohd Noor, Md Yusof Ismail, Muhammad Safwan Md Anuar, R. Prasath, S. Ramaksihnan and PM Subasini – filed the suit through Messrs Yohendra Nadarajan on Nov 27.

The plaintiffs, aged between 36 and 67 years old, named the senior minister as the sole defendant.

A check on the e-filing system showed that the lawsuit has been fixed for case management before deputy registrar Maslinda Selamat.

In the group’s statement of claim sighted by The Star on Tuesday (Dec 1), they said the defendant had breached his fiduciary obligations and duties as a trustee, which were owed to them, by orchestrating, participating, or otherwise being involved in the “Sheraton Move”.

“The defendant decided to leave Pakatan and work together with Barisan Nasional with a view of toppling the then Federal Government led by Pakatan.

“The defendant worked together with leaders from Barisan, including leaders who were or are facing criminal charges, for this purpose.

“This caused the defendant to be expelled from PKR. The defendant joined Bersatu after Bersatu decided to work with Barisan to form a new Federal Government, ” they claimed.

The group stated that on April 27,2018, the defendant announced on his Facebook page that he would be contesting in the Gombak and Bukit Antarabangsa seats as a member of Pakatan.

They claimed Azmin had made representations that he would remain as a member of PKR and his primary goal to contest was to ensure that Barisan, especially Umno, did not form the Federal Government.

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