“Don’t be a hypocrite,” Azmin fires back at Shamsul.
Political leaders implicated in any wrongdoing should go on leave, says Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin.
Referring to the sex video scandal implicating a minister, the Deputy Primary Industries Minister said politicians who are facing an investigation should take a leave of absence from their official duties.
The PKR information chief said such a move is to restore public confidence in the country’s enforcement agencies.
“This step is important as it gives space to the authorities to carry out their duties freely and fairly,” said Shamsul in a statement on Tuesday (July 16).
Shamsul also said that it would show the public that the political leader is not trying to hide behind powerful positions, party posts and behind the Prime Minister as a shield.
He added that such a move will protect the integrity of institutions such as the Royal Malaysian Police, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the Attorney General’s Chambers.
“The concerns of many regarding the police investigation process have now shifted towards the spread of a viral sex video and not the authenticity of the video involving a minister,” said Shamsul.
He said that this is a reminder that the rakyat still doubts the transparency of the country’s enforcement agencies.
“The doubts in the mind of the public will become more damaging if the authorities are seen as or perceived to be conducting the investigations with the purpose of protecting powerful individuals,” he said.
Shamsul added that a government official under investigation will be told not to continue with his duties and will be suspended immediately if charged in court.
“As such, under the principle that all are equal under the law, all members of the administration must be given the same or even stricter treatment, including ministers and state executive councillors,” he said.
He also urged authorities to ensure that the case is not seen as a political move.
“The authorities must not look at the case with the view that it is a political allegation or plot to bring down certain individuals. It could be that this case is personal and has nothing to do with politics,” he said.
Although Shamsul did not mention names, his remarks could be viewed as being aimed at economic affairs minister and PKR deputy president Azmin Ali, who is implicated in a sex video.
The latter is speculated to be Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s preferred choice to succeed him despite an earlier agreement that PKR president Anwar Ibrahim would inherit the reins.
In Perak, DAP assemblyperson Paul Yong continues to serve as an exco despite being investigated over the allegation of raping his Indonesian domestic worker.
In response to Shamsul’s statement that political leaders and government officials who have been implicated in suspected wrongdoings should go on leave, Azmin Ali has told Shamsul not to be a hypocrite.
“Don’t be a hypocrite,” Azmin said on Tuesday (July 16) in Parliament before walking away from reporters.