Anwar: Haziq still PKR member, deputy minister to decide fate

PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim leaves PKR headquarters in Petaling Jaya June 12, 2019. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim leaves PKR headquarters in Petaling Jaya June 12, 2019. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

PETALING JAYA, June 12 — PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today Haziq Aziz is still a PKR member, following his alleged involvement in the gay sex videos attacking Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

Anwar said Haziq’s fate will instead be decided by his boss, Deputy Primary Industries Minister Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin.

“We will leave it to the deputy minister to announce at the appropriate time what action to take.

“He is still a member of the party and we will handle this issue with the lawyers,” Anwar said.

This comes as Santubong PKR Ahmad Nazib Johari insisted earlier that his Youth wing chief Haziq has denied he is the man featured in the gay sex clips.

Ahmad Nazib said Haziq also denied being the one in the video confessing to having said sex and calling for Azmin to be investigated for corruption.

“There will also be no suspensions or temporary suspensions as we need some answers,” Anwar explained.

“We will make sure discussions continue and more importantly, we will leave it to the police and MACC to investigate further.”

Anwar himself has been in a similar situation twice and comparisons have been drawn.

In 1998, Anwar was sacked from the role of deputy prime minister by then-Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over allegations of sodomy and corruption, ending up in prison.

While part of the opposition in 2010, Anwar was again charged with sodomy, charges he has maintained were made up by his political foes to prevent him from gaining more political clout.

When asked how he felt seeing a similar case crop up involving one of his own he said: “I expected my case to be the last of this strand of politicking but it’s continuing. It’s deplorable and I strongly opposed it.”

Anwar said he had already met the prime minister yesterday morning to discuss the issue of the video.

“He (Dr Mahathir) has not seen the video when I met him but I believe now he has. He can’t comment much until he sees the full report though,” added Anwar.

Anwar was also asked if Dr Mahathir gave him an explanation as to why he appointed new MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya without consulting the Cabinet to which Anwar replied: “Yes we spoke about her and he told me he will do everything accordingly.”

“He is also prepared to meet the Parliament Select Committee soon. I support his decision.”