Azmin says told PKR to sack Haziq for campaigning for BN

Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali attends the Prime Minister’s Department Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house in Putrajaya June 20, 2019. — Picture by Firdaus Latif
Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali attends the Prime Minister’s Department Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house in Putrajaya June 20, 2019. — Picture by Firdaus Latif

PUTRAJAYA, June 20 — PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali today said that he had proposed to his party’s leadership to sack Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz, after the latter was found to be campaigning for Barisan Nasional (BN) in the 14th general election.

Speaking to reporters here, the economic affairs minister said that it was only “basic logic” for PKR to have taken the said step against the man, who recently confessed to allegedly having an affair with Azmin.

“I cannot disagree with you,” he said when asked as to why Haziq was not sacked when found to be helping former ruling coalition BN.

“Yes. That is a basic logic, been asked by many.”

“Yes. How much can I say?” he added, when asked if he did propose the move to his party.

Citing a source, news portal Malaysiakini reported that Haziq had in 2016 expressed a desire to exit PKR.

However, the news portal quoted PKR secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution saying that the party never received a resignation letter from Haziq.

“There is no record that he sent his resignation letter... so his name remains in the (list) of party members,” Saifuddin reportedly told Malaysiakini.

He also said that as no PKR members lodged a report to the party on Haziq’s campaigning activities for Barisan Nasional’s (BN) Santubong candidate Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, no action was taken against the former.

Saifuddin yesterday said that the PKR political bureau will decide whether action is to be taken against Azmin, following sex videos allegedly implicating him and Haziq.

He said the party leadership will discuss if action is to be taken against Azmin’s accuser, Haziq later that evening, but remained coy when asked about the PKR deputy president.

The PKR disciplinary board also said it would send a show-cause letter to the Haziq, who is PKR’s Santubong youth chief, for tarnishing the party’s name and reputation by making a public statement on his involvement in the sex video.

Haziq was given 14 days to answer to the letter.

Haziq, who was initially suspended from his role as the senior private secretary to Deputy Primary Industries Minister Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin, was today also sacked from his job, owing to the sex video clip featuring two men having sex, which was leaked earlier this week.

Haziq insists he is a victim, saying the alleged tryst was supposed to be private but was instead recorded and released to the public.

He also said he was fearful of ending up missing or dead like Mongolian model Altantuya Sharriibuu, which was why he came forward with the confession.

Azmin, on the other hand, has denied these allegations, insisting it is an inside job from someone trying to destroy his political career.

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