PETALING JAYA: One of the voices in the viral audio recording is indeed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, claims Datuk Seri Mohd Azmin Ali.
The Economic Affairs Minister, who is the former PKR deputy president, told reporters he knows his former boss' voice well after serving as Anwar's officer and private secretary for decades.
"Because I was an officer that had served him for a long time and was at one time his private secretary, I am confident that the recording is genuine,” Azmin was quoted as saying on Sunday (April 11).
“I ask that there be immediate investigations, as this would give all the parties space for defence. I hope the two implicated individuals (Ahmad Zahid and Anwar) would be honest, at least to their own party members.
“I consider this to be the biggest act of betrayal that was conducted by Anwar, not just to his own party, but also to other component parties in Pakatan Harapan because he had secretly held negotiations.
The International Trade and Industry Minister and Gombak MP was speaking to the media after handing over contributions for Ramadhan at a function on Sunday at Masjid Gombak Utara.
On April 7, an audio clip of a conversation between two voices sounding like Ahmad Zahid and Anwar went viral, discussing the former's performance at the recent Umno annual general meeting (AGM).
The conversation between the two also revealed there was a need to hold an extraordinary Umno supreme council meeting to mandate the president to enable him to make the decision to leave the Perikatan government.
Both Ahmad Zahid and Anwar have since said they will ask their officers to file police reports on the audio clip, claiming it may have been faked and is a political conspiracy.
Anwar had also asked on Friday if it was a crime for him to have spoken to Ahmad Zahid.