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Malaysian minister says gay sex video is character assassination

“This is nothing but a nefarious plot to assassinate my reputation and character in an attempt to destroy my political career," said Azmin Ali

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Malaysian Economic Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali in a statement released today said that he categorically denies the ‘vicious libel upon me’. He was referring to the gay sex video which has been circulating since yesterday.

A young PKR member, Muhammad Haziq Abdul Aziz confessed this morning on his Facebook page he is the man with the minister in the video and he named Azmin as the minister.

Haziq is the senior private secretary to Deputy Primary Industries Minister Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin. PKR members are asking the minister to sack Haziq.

The short video clips circulating show two men, one of whom resembles a minister in the current administration. The men also look like they are in a hotel room.

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Each video spans about a minute long.

In his statement, Azmin Ali said, “I refer to the various media reports today publishing the allegations of an individual regarding a sex video purporting to implicate me. I categorically deny this vicious libel upon me”.

He also said, “This is nothing but a nefarious plot to assassinate my reputation and character in an attempt to destroy my political career. Judging from recent political developments, this is clearly the latest in a series of concerted attempts over the past few months to vilify me, which includes intimidation against the safety of my family and I in the final week of Ramadhan, and vile and baseless accusations of corruption”. /TISG

His full statement:

I refer to the various media reports today publishing the allegations of an
individual regarding a sex video purporting to implicate me. I categorically
deny this vicious libel upon me.

This is nothing but a nefarious plot to assassinate my reputation and character
in an attempt to destroy my political career. Judging from recent political
developments, this is clearly the latest in a series of concerted attempts over
the past few months to vilify me, which includes intimidation against the safety
of my family and I in the final week of Ramadhan, and vile and baseless
accusations of corruption.

I utterly condemn this brand of gutter politics. It has no place in this era of New
Malaysia, where we are working to rebuild the nation through institutional
reforms.

I have instructed my lawyers to take the appropriate legal action against the
individual who made these abominable allegations as well as against other
perpetrators. I will avail myself of all legal means at my disposal to expose
these culprits.

I will not submit to these cowardly acts and heinous attempts to distract the
public from the pressing concerns of the nation and the successes of the
Ministry of Economic Affairs in the planning and implementation of national
development policies that are sustainable and inclusive.

I trust the Royal Malaysia Police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption
Commission will take all necessary action with regards to this matter.

DATO’ SERI MOHAMED AZMIN ALI

Minister of Economic Affairs

12 June 2019

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