I refer to the publication of fake images and false allegations of an extra-marital liaison in the media and blogs against PKR Deputy President Azmin Ali. The allegations and photographs are fabricated, politically motivated and the lowest kind of gutter journalism. As usual, the photos have been widely published in the BN owned media and pro-UMNO blogs. Utusan Malaysia published the images in a particularly vicious and calculated manner. Images of a pornographic nature implicating the Gombak MP were splashed on the front pages of Utusan Malaysia on 2.5.12. We hold Prime Minister and President of Umno Najib Tun Razak personally responsible for the publication of the photos. It is impossible that character assasination of this scale could be carried out by Utusan Malaysia without the approval and knowledge of Najib, whose UMNO ruling party owns Utusan Malaysia.

Today, Azmin Ali has through his solicitors Messrs Edwin Lim Suren & Soh issued a letter of demand to Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Berhad which owns Utusan Malaysia and its Editor demanding a withdrawal of the allegations and a public apology to be published in the front page of Utusan Malaysia. In view of the seriousness of the alllegations and the nationwide circulation of the newspaper, Azmin Ali has demanded the sum of RM 100 million in damages. Azmin Ali has commenced these legal proceedings to vindicate his name and reputation as a national leader and politician, and to defend the right of the public to fair and clean journalism.

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