Former PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali today became the latest politician to openly state his belief that the two individuals in a leaked audio file of a phone conversation discussing the Umno general assembly are indeed Anwar Ibrahim and Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“As someone who had served Anwar for so long, and as his (former) private secretary, I am confident the audio is authentic, that will be proven in the upcoming investigation,” he told reporters while attending a mosque event in his parliamentary constituency of Gombak.
Several senior politicians have openly said that they are convinced the recording is authentic, identifying the Umno and PKR presidents.
Zahid however has denied that it was his voice in the recording, while Anwar said the clip was the work of Bersatu.
Yesterday, Anwar said he had committed no crime even if the clip was authentic, stopping short of denying its authenticity.
In the four-minute clip revealed by MalaysiaNow, Anwar is heard congratulating and giving instructions to Zahid in the aftermath of the Umno general assembly which accepted his proposal to cut ties with the Perikatan Nasional government.
Zahid in return thanked Anwar for his moral support.
MalaysiaNow has been able to verify that the clip is authentic, and that the voices are those of Anwar and Zahid.
While Anwar and Zahid said they would instruct their officers to lodge police reports, Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said the two politicians would be called up as part of an investigation into the clip.
Former PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin and former Umno secretary-general Annuar Musa previously said they believed the voices in the clip belonged to Anwar and Zahid.
Azmin today described the contents of their conversation as Anwar’s “biggest betrayal” of PKR and Pakatan Harapan partners.
“We hope these two individuals will be honest at least to their party members.
“I think this is the biggest betrayal committed by Anwar Ibrahim, not only to his own party but also to members of the Pakatan Harapan components, for secretly conducting negotiations and discussions (with Zahid).”