Selangor Menteri Besar, Amirudin Shari (2nd left)with Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (center) when attending PKNS Aidilfitri Council and PKNS Subsidiary Coalition at the Shah Alam Convention Center (SACC). NSTP/Saddam Yusoff

SHAH ALAM: Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said he only knew Muhammad Haziq Abdul Aziz, the individual who had implicated him in a sex video clip, because he was a PKR member.

“I know him because he is a PKR member. He was a party member before joining the opposition (back then). After we won, he jumped back into PKR.

“This is the character of an individual who was used in this slander,” said Azmin, who is Economic Affairs minister and also PKR deputy president.

Azmin said this today when asked if he knew the individual in the two sex video clips which had gone viral.

Asked if he knew who was responsible for them, Azmin said he did not want to accuse anyone.

Asked if he would personally lodge a police report over the matter, Azmin said the report made by his political secretary Hilman Idham this morning at the Putrajaya district police headquarters was sufficient.

“As advised by my lawyers, the police report lodged was sufficient to warrant investigations to be carried out,” he said.

Azmin said he agreed with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who yesterday said politics in Malaysia should be clean.

“I totally agree with the Prime Minister. We should stop gutter politics. This is New Malaysia and we want to embrace new politics and new values.

“These individuals or groups who resorted to this gutter politics must be punished. The public should not accept gutter politics.

Azmin said he did not want to speculate on talks that he was sabotaged because Dr Mahathir had not set a time for his succession plan, on top of wide speculations that he will be made the successor.

“Well I am not here to make any speculation on that. That is the prerogative of the Prime Minister to decide who is best and fit to succeed him and most importantly accepted by a majority of rakyat.”

Azmin had described the viral video as a nefarious plot to malign his reputation in an attempt to destroy his political career.

“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,” the PKR deputy president was quoted saying in a statement.