PETALING JAYA: After drawing public flak for an alleged family holiday in Turkey, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali’s daughter Amira Azmin says the entire family was not overseas.
“I don’t know how else we can prove to the public that we are in Malaysia,” she tweeted on Monday (July 12), with a group picture with individuals believed to be her siblings.
In the group picture posted on Twitter, Amira and her five siblings are seen posing in front of a large screen TV tuned to the TV3 channel.
The International Trade and Industry Minister recently courted criticism after a photograph of him posing in front of the historical Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, went viral on social media, with Malaysians claiming he was there with his family members.
The photograph showed Azmin standing alone with a Turkish tour guide at an undisclosed location in the country. The photograph did not show his family members.
However, social media users shared screenshots of what they allege to be the original caption, which claimed that Azmin was there with his family.
They criticised Azmin for allegedly going on holiday despite Covid-19 cases still happening in the country’s factories, especially in Selangor.
A Turkish tour guide has since apologised over the photograph of Azmin with a caption implying he had visited Hagia Sophia with his family.
The account administrator later clarified that Azmin was there with a ministry delegation on a programme organised by the Turkish government.
Meanwhile, Azmin’s ministry said he held a bilateral meeting with his counterpart Turkish Trade Minister Dr Mehmet Mus, where a wide spectrum of measures to enhance bilateral economic, trade and investment relations were discussed.
“The discussions centred on the implementation of the Malaysia-Turkey Free Trade Agreement (MTFTA) and the way forward to advance negotiations to expand the MTFTA. Both ministers agreed to intensify efforts to conclude the text-based negotiations of the MTFTA expansion this year,” explained Miti.