KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has shot down claims that he was taking contradictory stands over sex allegations affecting a past and a current member of his Cabinet.
“I have been accused of contradicting my own stand in my response towards alleged sexual improprieties affecting a member of my Cabinet in 1998 and the on-going sex video issue linking another member of my current Cabinet.
“There is no contradiction,” he said this in an article posted on his blogsite, Chedet titled "Contradiction".
Dr Mahathir said the action taken in 1998 was not based on a video clip, pointing out that videos only came later.
“The subsequent videos did not influence the court or anyone else. It did not influence me."
He added that in the recent case, the video came first.
Obviously, Dr Mahathir said it was an attempt to blacken the name of a particular person in order to blight his future.
“If I were to take the action expected of me I would become an accessory to the plot. I have no intention to become the instrument of the plotters. I will not be a part of such dirty politics,” he said.
The sex allegations against the 1998 cabinet member in question involved Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, whereas the allegation now is against Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.