Wednesday, May 12, 2021

No comment, Anwar says on Azmin’s remarks on audio clip

The PKR president says his former deputy, who yesterday stated his belief that the clip is authentic, 'knows a lot about audio and videos'.

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PKR president Anwar Ibrahim today declined to comment on remarks by his former deputy that the voices in a leaked audio clip of a phone conversation discussing the recent Umno general assembly are that of himself and Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“That is his view. He knows a lot about audio and videos,” he said at a press conference, referring to Mohamed Azmin Ali who left PKR in 2020 along with several other senior leaders.

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.

The clip sparked denials from both Anwar and Zahid who said they would send their officers to lodge police reports over the issue.

Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador however said that both leaders would be called up as part of an investigation into the clip.

Azmin yesterday said he was confident that the individuals in the recording were Anwar and Zahid.

“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 said.

He was the latest in a string of politicians who have openly stated their belief that the recording is authentic.

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.

Anwar meanwhile said he had committed no crime even if the clip was authentic, stopping short of denying its authenticity.

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