PUTRAJAYA: Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has denied the allegation that he was involved with actress Zahida Mohamed Rafik.
In a statement yesterday, Shafie said he had been following the allegation in news reports and blogs.
"Everything that has been described in the police report is untrue. The accompanying statements by individuals who distributed copies of the report are of malicious intent and are purely political in nature."
Shafie added that he was ready to take legal action against those who had associated him with the allegation and defamed him.
The police report was lodged by Noor Azman Azemi, 38, on March 13 at the Ampang police station, following an accusation by Zahida on March 3 that he had absconded with RM200,000.
A copy was then given to Ampang member of parliament Zuraida Kamaruddin. On April 18, Zuraida revealed the contents of the police report to reporters at the Parliament lobby, claiming that Shafie had paid Zahida up to RM1.5 million in four months of their "intimate relationship" that spanned three years.
Noor Azman also claimed to have been assigned by the minister to work as a driver to the actress. He claimed he was also instructed to keep tabs on the actress.
He resigned on Feb 29, claiming that he could not manage the pressure of working for Shafie.