KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 14 — PKR vice president Azmin Ali today dismissed allegations that he and his wife owned more than RM9 million in shares as baseless and called the attacks disgusting lies propagated by his Barisan Nasional (BN) enemies.
He also said that legal proceedings would be started against those who were making the accusations against him.
Former MIC Youth chief SA Vigneswaran, who is also Malaysian Indian Youth Development Foundation chairman, had made the accusations yesterday.
Vigneswaran had claimed Azmin and his wife had bought the shares worth more than RM9 million when he was an aide to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who was then an Umno Deputy Prime Minister.
“I have not seen the documents alleged by Vigneswaran but I believe the documents have been manipulated to involve my wife and me,” he said in a statement issued today.
He claimed that his family had been the subject of such attacks since 1998. In that year, Anwar was sacked as DPM and from Umno after allegations that he committed sodomy first surfaced, sparking Malaysia’s worst ever political crisis which was the genesis of the reformasi movement and the formidable Pakatan Rakyat (PR) alliance.
“I was sought by the police, Anti-Corruption Agency and also the Inland Revenue Board as part of a probe into my assets.
“The same excuse was used to arrest and detain me on Sept 16, 1998 until Sept 22, 1998.”
Azmin expressed regret today with what he called BN’s evil attacks.
“I have directed my lawyer to take legal proceedings towards those who have made such statements and those who have reported such lies.”
Following Vigneswaran’s allegations, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said today that Azmin should explain the allegation.
“It is not wrong to buy shares, but an explanation is necessary as to how the purchase was financed. He must have an answer and an explanation, and we are waiting for the explanation,” Khairy said.