The “Nothing to Hide 2.0” programme of Malay NGO Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM), which was aired on TV3 yesterday, was strongly condemned today by former Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin, who described it as untrue and slanderous.
Muhyiddin expressed sadness with the airing of the programme at the end of the holy month of Ramadan when, he said, Muslims should be increasing their prayers and seeking forgiveness for their sins and faults.
“It is clear that the JMM president, Azwandin Hamzah, lied when he said that I had agreed to attend the programme for a four-eyed meeting meeting with him.
“I would like to stress that I have never met him, nor expressed my agreement to attend the programme or even receive an invitation from JMM.
“Azwandin's (photo) statement is a big lie intended to confuse the people and affect my reputation. I am also saddened that TV3 has abetted in this by airing the lies. May Allah show guidance to us all,” the former deputy prime minister said on his Facebook.
For the record, Muhyiddin said, he even before the event he had instructed his officers to make an official denial of his purported participation on his official Facebook.
He added that after JMM went ahead with the programme and invited people to attend, he again asked his officers to make another denial.
“I have also asked my officers to contact JMM directly to deny my involvement, but the calls made to Azwanddin were not answered,” he said.
'Forced to break his promise'
Azwanddin yesterday distributed copies of a statutory declaration that accuses Muhyiddin of having an affair with a woman.
Azwanddin said he was forced to break his promise to keep the SD to himself because Muhyiddin broke his promise and did not show up at the event.
The former deputy prime minister had also earlier described the SD as slander.
Muhyiddin added in his statement today that JMM organised the programme despite his officers making it clear to it that he would not be attending the event.
He claimed that the programme was staged to denounce him and to lie to those in attendance that he had broken his promise to attend.
“I am informed that many left the event after learning that the organiser lied about my presence. The actions done by JMM are part of that made by those who conspire to affect my reputation and paint a picture that I am a coward and cannot be trusted.
“I have already officially denied my involvement in it. What is important to be made known is that the ‘Nothing to Hide 2.0’ event is a bad conspiracy planned by those who have low morals and a bankrupt character,” Muhyiddin added.