Malaysia

PKR claims minister paid actress RM1.5m in three-year ‘intimacy’

By Shannon Teoh
April 18, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, April 18 — PKR claimed today a federal minister has been involved in an “intimate relationship” with an actress, resulting in payments to her of over RM1.5 million across the last three years. The minister and the actress have previously denied any ties to each other.

Rumours of their alleged affair began to swirl once more today after PKR lawmakers produced a police report by one Noor Azman Azemi who claimed the minister hired him to be the actress’ personal driver to allow him to “monitor her movements” since 2009.

Noor Azman said he went to the Ampang police station on March 13 after being accused by the actress earlier that month of absconding with over RM200,000.

According to Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin, Noor Azman’s relative came to her with the police report which states that the minister gave the actress between RM100,000 and RM200,000 every time they met “secretly in hotels around Kuala Lumpur each week.”

The 38-year-old, who claims to be a widower, said in the report that the minister and the actress had “an intimate relationship with one another and I was the trusted middleman.”

The Wanita PKR chief added that the actress had received RM58,000 last October, RM112,000 in November and RM330,000 in December, as well as RM510,000 in January this year.

“Reading the report, I believe their intimate relationship has been going on longer than three years, so imagine how much (the minister) has spent,” PKR political bureau member and Subang MP R Sivarasa told a press conference.

The PKR MPs have given the minister seven days to address the allegations and explain how he could afford to part with such large sums of money. Efforts to contact the minister have been unsuccessful thus far.

Noor Azman wrote that he had lodged the report because he found out via news reports that the actress had lodged a false police report against him.

He accused the actress of doing so because she was unhappy about his resignation and wanted to avoid being rebuked by the minister.

The father of two added in the police report that he resigned at the end of February as he could not take the pressure of working for the minister which involved reporting the actress’ movements whenever the minister was abroad.

He also said the minister did not pay his Employees Provident Fund (EPF) contributions.