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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 1 — PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali today said allegations that he had millions stashed in overseas accounts were political attacks ahead of the PKR elections.
“I am confident that these are political attacks ahead of the party elections and I have weathered such tests before,” Azmin told reporters in Parliament.
The allegations surfaced in an anonymous blog over a month ago.
Azmin, who is the incumbent deputy president, is yet to declare his candidacy for any of the party’s posts.
Azmin also chided MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong, who suggested that Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng be added into the board of national sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional Berhad.
“I am confident that is not a sincere suggestion, but is instead hurled as a political provocation towards me.
“That’s why I feel the suggestion comes across as a provocation, because concerning this issue, the decision is made by the Prime Minister with the national interests put first,” he said.
He reiterated that Khazanah’s executive management would consist of professionals from the corporate world and fluent in the trade.
“Of course those hired would have vast experience in the corporate field, capable, and with integrity.
“All these factors have been put into consideration and the decision on appointments will be made soon,” he said.
Azmin also answered rumours circling that claimed he was the second most powerful person in the government, saying he was more focused on developing the nation.
“It is not a question of power, but instead about responsibility.
“It’s a huge responsibility I have to shoulder with my colleagues in the cabinet, and it is not about one person, it’s a collective effort,” he added.