Malaysiakini : "If it's hidden, you don't know (who it is). You should not cast aspersions prior to an investigation.” – Anwar Ibrahim
| There are two mutually exclusive questions in this sex video scandal.
The first is, is the video genuine? And the second, who are the
conspirators who wish to bring down a federal minister?
secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution’s denial that there is no crisis
brewing over the sex tape scandal is ludicrous, considering that there
is a crisis brewing over the scandal involving power players at the
highest level. This is played out in the press by statements from PKR's
political elite - and not just whispered conversations on chat groups.
the former Umno Youth rabble-rouser, once famously apologised for the
mob he led which disrupted the Apcet 11 forum in the 90s, where he
admitted that he was under the orders of the then deputy home affairs minister Megat Junid Megat Ayob. Saifuddin
said: "At 4pm, Oct 9, 1996, I was called by Megat Junid. I went to meet
him, escorted by a few senior police officers."
He added that the minister then told him, "By hook or by crook, you must stop the conference. Kalau tidak, saya anggap Pemuda Umno tiada telur (Otherwise, I would assume that Umno Youth has no balls)." I
mention this bit of trivia because it demonstrates the kind of politics
that is practised by Malay power structures in this country. The kind
of intentional thug politics that is often disguised as spontaneous
expressions of dissatisfaction and which reflect a conspiratorial
attitude, the mindset of the political elite in this country.
is why when PKR political operatives are claiming all is going well in
their party, we should take it with a pinch of salt. It is
pointless for PM-designate Anwar Ibrahim to come out and say that he and
his people are not behind the scandal – which may be true – as it is
pointless for people to ape the PM and say that political operatives
should not engage in “gutter politics”.
Azmin Ali (above),
for instance, goes on about “not speculating” on who is behind this
attack on his political career, but has no problem casting aspersions on
his political party. Who gave out the contact numbers of members, he
wonders in the press. The party should be transparent to remain
relevant, he reminds the people from the press.
on the issue of internal schisms within Harapan, which could cause
voters distrust, have now morphed into the realisation that this is an
inside job, after the media made a big deal about Anwar’s missing
Meanwhile, why is it taking so long to sack
Azmin's accuser from his government position and from the party? After
all, isn’t admitting you are a consensual participant in a sex video
grounds for dismissal from government service? Anwar saying that he won’t “punish” Haziq until after the police have finished their investigation is horse manure.After
all, Haziq “confessed” that it was him in the video, so is it Anwar’s
position that someone who confesses to “immoral” acts should still
remain in PKR? Deputy Primary Industries Minister Shamsul Iskandar Md
Akin claim, that his ministry will decide in a couple of days whether to
give Haziq the boot, is extremely gracious.
What happened to all
the fire and brimstone reserved for people who commit “immoral acts”? If
Anwar’s aide believes that Azmin should quit, if guilty, why is Haziq
deserving of Anwar’s protection when he has confessed his guilt? Why
is it that the propaganda organs of Umno and PAS are remaining on the
sidelines, while partisans within PKR are tearing up each other,
spreading all sorts of “evidence” for and against Azmin?
Dismissing calls to open an investigation into the allegations and Haziq (above),
Anwar said: "We strongly reject gutter politics, but I will not punish
him (Haziq) before the police complete their investigations. I think we
should confine ourselves to facts.”We should confine ourselves to the facts?
you have a member of your party who has accused a senior member of your
party and federal minister of sexual misconduct. This junior member is
being investigated by the police. You have the senior minister’s aide
claiming that he met Haziq, who told him that he was part of a
conspiracy to ruin this senior minister's political career.
Azmin’s aide’s version of the meeting is to be believed, then Azmin
would be aware whether the conspiracy was internal or external, which is
probably why every statement that Azmin makes seems to implicate an
internal conspiracy. Azmin says this: “PKR leadership must 'take a bold decision' to investigate claims that factions within the party were responsible for the leaked sex video” implicating him. What
does this mean? Carrying it further, when Azmin is convinced that this
was an inside job, why doesn’t Anwar Ibrahim, or anyone else in PKR,
want to investigate?
Think about it. Deputy Primary Industries Minister Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin (above),
who is also a PKR vice president, was questioned for five hours about
this sex video scandal. In other words, you have the upper echelon of
the PKR political leadership being questioned by the state security
apparatus and PKR is telling all who would listen that it is business as
With all of this, Anwar believes that the state security
apparatus should finish its investigation and PKR's internal mechanism
should do nothing? What kind of political party is PKR when it does not
seem bothered to investigate its own members for possible misconduct and
telling its base to leave it to the state security apparatus?
knows if there is a conspiracy from within PKR to topple Azmin, but
what we do know is that the statements coming out from the participants
in this sordid saga make it seem that the threat is from within, not
At this point, I have no idea how independent an
internal investigation into these allegations would be. I think that it
is shocking that the PKR political elites do not even want to make a
show of investigating the scandal from their end. Indeed, wanting the
police only to investigate seems like an attempt at plausible
I get the impression that some political operatives
want to sweep this issue under the carpet because it is destabilising to
Harapan. I get that there are bigger issues confronting us, as Jomo
Kwame Sundaram recently warned us.
an important point here is that we are dealing with people who
conspired to take down a federal minister and political rival. They
could very well be leading this country in the near future.
If they are capable of this, they are capable of anything.