Leaders of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) have hit back at recordings resembling the voice of de facto party leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim
The widely-circulated audio clips have been refuted by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, PKR vice president Rafizi Ramli along with Anwar himself, who denied that he was the one speaking in the recordings.
"Don't be fooled by lies. I have listened to the recordings, the voice... eeeh," Anwar, who is running for PKR presidency, was quoted as saying by Free Malaysia Today.
Astro Awani reported Wan Azizah as saying that the man speaking in the recordings is not her husband.
"It's (the recordings) not right... it's not (the voice of) my husband (Anwar)," the Deputy Prime Minister was quoted as saying by Astro Awani.
Rafizi was also reported by Free Malaysia Today as saying that he was "extremely sure" that Anwar is not the man speaking in the audio clips.
"Anwar's voice is more baritone," the PKR vice president added.
In the purported audio clips, 'Anwar' admitted to asking PKR vice president Rafizi Ramli to run against Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali for the post of the party's deputy president
"That's why I asked Rafizi to go against Azmin, as Azmin has become a 'barua' (lackey) to Mahathir," 'Anwar' was heard saying in the audio clips.
Anwar has clarified that he does not use derogatory words such as "barua".
The man in the recordings also talked about Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad's appointment of himself as the chairman of Khazanah Nasional Bhd.
"He (Mahathir) appointed himself as Khazanah's chairman. What's this? The people lose, Khazanah loses," 'Anwar' said.
Meanwhile, Mahathir and Azmin took different approaches to the recordings of 'Anwar'
Sin Chew Daily reported Mahathir as stressing that he will not interfere in the internal affairs of PKR.
"What have I done? Have you seen me saying anything bad about Anwar, Azmin, or anyone else?" he was quoted as saying by Sin Chew Daily.
"This is their party, I won't interfere," the Prime Minister added.
On the other hand, Azmin emphasised that he has not heard the recordings.