Anwar: I thought I was the last victim of gutter politics

Anwar: I thought I was the last victim of gutter politics

PUCHONG: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has criticised the accusations levelled against his deputy, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, calling it ‘gutter politics.’

“I thought what I experienced should be the last. Unfortunately, this trend seems to continue. It is deplorable, sickening and I don’t understand why this continues.

“We must reject such gutter politics,” he said.

Recently, Azmin was alleged to have been caught filmed having homosexual intercourse with another man at a hotel in Sabah during Sandakan by-election.

Muhammad Haziq Abdul Aziz, a private secretary to Primary Industries deputy minister Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin had claimed to being the other man in the video.

Haziq also urged the police and the MACC to investigate Azmin for allegedly being immoral and corrupt.

The minister had since denied the accusations and had directed his legal team to take action on the matter.

A victim of smear campaigns himself in the past, Anwar had been convicted for sodomy twice, in 1999 and in 2014. He was pardoned after Pakatan Harapan took over the government.

Anwar said that he was opposed to such gutter attacks and it should not be the way one is judged whether in politics or society.

“I am strongly opposed to this – from a moral point of view, Islamic point of view, ethical point of view, and from the spirit of morality and ethics,” said the Port Dickson MP.

On the new videos released after Azmin’s denial, Anwar dismissed it outright saying he was not interested to comment about it.

“I am not interested to see the video but I also need to know what is happening.

“That does not change or affect our stance on the matter,” he said.

On Haziq’s position in PKR, Anwar said the party has yet to decide on the matter and he will leave it to Shamsul whether to still keep him in his job.