Saifuddin: Zuraida’s Statement an Admission of Guilt

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According to Zuraida, Anwar tried to convince her on sex video, and claimed Dr Mahathir said to sack Azmin.

The bad blood in PKR continued yesterday after its divisive congress over the weekend, with secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution hitting out at vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin for saying she was prepared to be sacked from the party.

Saifuddin said the statement Zuraida made at an event on Sunday bringing together supporters of deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali was an “admission of guilt”.

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“Those who are aware that they have gone against the party’s disciplinary (board), they are the ones who will talk about being sacked,” he told reporters yesterday.

Zuraida is among senior leaders who had been absent at PKR weekly meetings.

At an event called ‘Vision 2030 Shared Prosperity Dinner’ attended by Azmin and supporters, Zuraida said she and the deputy president were ready to be sacked if it meant the party would return to the right track.

“If we are sacked for doing this, Azmin and I are ready. We are ready to be sacrificed,” she said in her fiery speech.

She also said that Anwar Ibrahim had claimed privately that Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad wanted to sack Azmin over a gay sex video earlier this year.

She said Anwar made the claim at a private meeting between the two of them at Parliament House about four months ago.

“I said if it’s true Mahathir asked to sack him then why did he come out with four statements saying Azmin didn’t need to go on leave? After that, he said, ‘You don’t know Mahathir, he’s like that’.

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“So, I told Anwar, ‘I don’t know Mahathir, I also don’t know you’”.

Zuraida made her assertions in a speech to supporters at the dinner, viewed as a rival gathering to the PKR national congress.

She claimed that Anwar had informed her that police had confirmed Azmin as being the other man in the gay sex video with former PKR Santubong Youth leader Haziq Aziz.

However, Zuraida said she did not buy into the claim.

Police said last month that an expert from the United States had been engaged to verify the authenticity of the video.

When asked if PKR now perceives Azmin to be the man in the sex video, he said he did not want to delve into the matter.

“No. We don’t want to go into that. Leave it to the police,” said Saifuddin.

He also said he would not respond to Zuraida’s attack against him, adding that as an elected vice-president, she should attend PKR meetings.

“Whatever issues to discuss, it should be discussed at the meeting,” he said.

He said delegates at the just concluded party congress in Melaka had clearly spoken out against those who went against party rules, including by not attending meetings.

“But Anwar’s view is to reconcile and discuss,” said Saifuddin.

On Sunday, Zuraida slammed Saifuddin as useless.