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Another year, another political “sex scandal” in Malaysia. UMNO supreme council member lodged a police report on a video feat 2 men in bed - one allegedly looks like a politician. After, a political aide “swore” he & that politician were in the video. Wants him probed for graft.
UMNO member and former minister @Khairykj comments on “vile filth”:

“Do we really want to expose another generation to despicable allegations with the sole intent of destroying someone’s character?... if you come across sordid news today involving our politics, look away.”
Malaysia’s had its fair share of “salacious” allegations/ photos/ videos involving politicians - some doctored, others making it to court. The most high profile involved former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who‘s been accused of sodomy more than once - incl by a former aide.
The aide, Haziq Aziz, uploaded a “sworn confession” on social media. The accused politician’s name is being withheld though until he responds - but both work for the current government.
PKR, the political party of the man implicated in the video, has issued a statement rejecting dirty politics and calling for the clip not to be distributed.

“Gaya dan cara berpolitik seperti ini tidak membawa sebarang keuntungan kepada masyarakat dan negara.”
PKR’s youth wing has issued an invitation for Solat Hajat or special prayers to “reject slander”/ “menolak fitnah” at the Selangor Chief Minister’s residence tonight.
JUST IN: Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief @LatheefaKoya says Lokman Adam’s report on the “gay sex” video “will be handled under my deputy and his investigation team. I will not be involved in any way, whether in investigations or decision making.”
Latheefa Koya was formerly with PKR - the political party which one of the alleged men in the video is a part of.
JUST IN: Malaysia’s Economic Affairs Minister @AzminAli on “a sex video purporting to implicate (him)”:

“I categorically deny this vicious libel upon me. This is nothing but a nefarious plot to assassinate my reputation and character in an attempt to destroy my political career”
Menteri @AzminAli: “Saya telah mengarahkan para peguam saya untuk mengambil tindakan undang-undang terhadap individu yang membuat tuduhan-tuduhan jahat serta terhadap pelaku lain.”
Correction: The MACC statement only notes allegations against Azmin Ali but does not specify which allegations. Lokman Adam, however, made a MACC report with regards to the alleged UEM transfer and a police report on the viral video.
GLC UEM has thrown cold water on the alleged bank transfer to Azmin Ali though by refuting the existence of the supposed accounts they made the transfers from.
After meeting, the political bureau of Minister Azmin Ali’s party, PKR, says it hopes he and his family will be strong and have patience during this time. At the same time, says it fully supports police & MACC investigations.
“Not withstanding wherever or whatever the source is. We have no evidence to suggest the party is the enemy”. malaymail.com/news/malaysia/…
A possible year in jail and/or RM50,000 penalty for those who share obscene/ pornographic content, warns @SKMM_MCMC after viral video allegedly featuring a politician.
PM Mahathir on sex video scandal which his minister, Azmin Ali, has decried as “vicious libel” against him:

“You can produce these type of pictures if you are clever enough. One day you may see my picture too... that would be very funny.”

Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali’s political secretary to lodge a police report as well as a “qazaf” (false accusation) report at the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department over sex video scandal.
Haziq Aziz, the man who accused Minister Azmin Ali of being in bed with him in videos, claims
• there were multiple encounters initiated by Azmin who may have recorded the videos for his “personal collection”
• Azmin’s aide tried to force him to deny Azmin was in the clips
Haziq claims that he is concerned for the safety of his family and himself and believes his future is over while Azmin as a minister has “deniability”. Azmin had earlier slammed the videos & allegations as gutter politics and slander.
Deputy Minister @shamsuliskandar says Haziq Aziz, who has failed to report to work since Tuesday, has been suspended from his post as senior private secretary.
Haziq Aziz lodges police report to rebut allegations made by “netizens, cyber troopers, Hilman Idham (Azmin Ali’s political secretary) and others”.
UMNO’s Lokman Adam and Gobalakrishnan Nagapan arrested for “obstructing a public servant from discharging his duty”. Lokman had resisted handing over his phone to cops who were at his home investigating him for “intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace”.
“Top priority”: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) forms a cybercrime working committee with the police to investigate viral sex video implicating a minister and a deputy minister's aide. thestar.com.my/news/nation/20…
Haziq Aziz reportedly arrested at KLIA. themalaysianinsight.com/s/161153
Police: Haziq Aziz arrested with plane ticket to Manila. Investigating him for
• the sale etc of obscene material
• intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace
• committing carnal intercourse against the order of nature
• improper use of network facilities
Youth & Sports Minister @SyedSaddiq pens op-ed in defence of Economic Affairs Minister @azminali

“If I were the enemy who devised this morally bankrupt botched political assassination, I would be worried because I know that he’ll rise once again, and that I will be at his mercy”
Haziq Aziz released on bail at around 5.45pm after being detained at KLIA some 24 hours ago in connection with a viral video featuring two men in bed.
Minister Azmin Ali has given his statement to police.

“There are obvious signs of an organised & systematic attempt to discredit & bring down the Minister... The perpetrators had access to leaked personal data of party members, sophisticated means and a clear political agenda.”
"A group claiming to represent 30 non-governmental organisations has launched a donation drive hoping to hire video technology experts to verify several viral gay sex clips implicating PKR’s Mohamed Azmin Ali" freemalaysiatoday.com/category/natio…
Haziq Aziz has been sacked as senior private secretary to deputy minister Shamsul Iskandar following sex video allegations. malaysiakini.com/news/480419
“Pihak Kementerian memandang perkara tersebut sebagai satu pelanggaran nilai, etika & Peraturan-peraturan Perkhidmatan Awam yg berkuat kuasa termasuk Perintah Am serta Perjanjian Kontrak... Dgn penamatan ini, pihak Kementerian tidak lagi mempunyai apa-apa kaitan dengan En Haziq”
MASTERMIND IDENTIFIED: “In this case, we have found evidence of a conspiracy and a plot by certain quarters in the production and circulation of the sex video implicating a minister (aimed) to topple someone”. malaymail.com/news/malaysia/…
Former Santubong PKR Youth leader Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz and five others have been remanded in connection with allegedly distributing pornographic material. nst.com.my/news/crime-cou…
Haziq publicly stated he is one of two men in a viral "sex video" but claims the second man is Minister Azmin Ali and that he may also be behind the video's dissemination - allegations the Economic Affairs Minister has fiercely denied.
PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, who received a royal pardon for a sodomy conviction, on Azmin Ali: “My initial view is for him not to resign but... If the investigation is conclusive, in terms of the participants in the so called act, then he needs to resign” thesundaily.my/local/if-it-is…
PKR Sec-gen says it won’t interfere in the arrests of a party leader along with 2 others in connection with a viral sex video linked to its deputy president, Minister Azmin Ali. At the same time, it calls for a transparent investigation into the video’s validity & distribution
Anwar Ibrahim’s political secretary, Farhash Wafa Salvador Riza Mubarak, has reportedly been arrested in connection with the gay sex video. Anwar told media he was surprised and didn’t know why he had been detained. straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/m…
Tensions are flaring in the People’s Justice Party (PKR) with deputy president Azmin Ali telling party president Anwar Ibrahim to “look at the man in the mirror”. This, after Anwar said Azmin should resign if it’s proven he’s the man in the sex video.
JUST IN: 22 PKR supreme council members and 4 PKR MPs issue statement condemning President Anwar Ibrahim.

“He should as the Party President stand by his deputy in the interest of party unity - and not seek to undermine him using speculation”
“He should remember that since Reformasi the party has defended him... even when the police chief in 2011 declared a sex video implicating him as genuine. He should remember that... Azmin Ali has defended him and his family for more than 20 years...”
The statement is signed by vocal Azmin Ali supporters like Zuraida Kamaruddin but also those like Anwar’s sodomy case lawyer, R. Sivarasa and former Bersih chair Maria Chin Abdullah. Lines have been clearly drawn.
Number goes up to 23 — PKR Vice president Xavier Jayakumar joins as a signatory to the statement backing his fellow Cabinet minister Azmin Ali and critiquing his party leader, Anwar Ibrahim.
PKR Perak throws its support behind Anwar Ibrahim & maintains his political secretary & their chairman, Farhash Wafa Salvador, is innocent of any involvement in the video implicating Azmin Ali. They allege Farhash hasn’t been given food for almost 24 hours while detained.
JUST IN: Malaysian police chief says based on analysis, high probability the viral video featuring two men in bed was authentic BUT facial recognition analysis cannot prove those implicated are in the clip
Police investigations show thousands of ringgit was paid for the video, part of a nefarious plot spearheaded by a political leader to shame and ruin the reputation of a certain individual.
The statement does not name him but with this, @AzminAli appears to have been cleared of wrongdoing by the police.
However, Azmin Ali could still be implicated if there are other forms of evidence other than the video. For now though, his claims of a politically-motivated take down have been validated.
To be more specific - police say HUNDREDS of thousands of ringgit were paid for the video. The political leader behind this uncovered plot was not named but we know Anwar Ibrahim’s political secretary & Haziq himself are in custody.
PM Mahathir at the opening of the PKR leadership retreat (where Anwar was present but deputy Azmin & his allies were not): “We must also ask ourselves whether we will continue to get the people's mandate if they see us constantly fighting for power”.
IGP: “I can confirm that we have made two more arrests yesterday in Shah Alam.

"We will also be extending the remand on some of the individuals previously arrested in connection with the case

PKR president @anwaribrahim says his party welcomes a statement apparently saying his deputy, Azmin Ali, was not involved in the viral video & will take stern action should any PKR member have broken the law (in response to police saying a political leader was behind the video).
The IGP has said facial analysis could not determine the implicated - Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali - was in the viral “sex video”.
PKR deputy president and Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali says he’s “taken note” of party president Anwar Ibrahim’s acceptance of his non-involvement in the “gay sex video”. Azmin was absent from the party retreat from where Anwar released the statement
120 leaders who attended the retreat in Port Dickson signed a resolution backing PKR president Anwar Ibrahim’s leadership.
The Port Dickson resolution endorsed by 120 PKR leaders: "We are committed to strengthening PKR as a multiracial national party based on the principles of the constitution and ensuring the Pakatan manifesto is achieved.

"We hereby give full support to @anwaribrahim to lead..”
Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad @chedetofficial says he won’t be used by evil-intentioned plotters behind the “gay sex video” implicating cabinet minister Azmin Ali. He doesn’t name Azmin but says if he gets rid of the successful “political individual” targeted, the plotters win.
“My religion forbids me from intentionally spying to find someone’s faults. What they did was worse than spying... This is not a question of morality. It is a political problem. It will be handled as a political issue,” - PM Mahathir @chedetofficial
“Future PM” Anwar Ibrahim’s political secretary & PKR Perak chief Farhash Wafa Salvador, and the self-confessed man in the sex video, Haziq Aziz, have been released on bail after 8 days in police remand.
Farhash questioned why the Minister implicated, Azmin Ali, wasn’t arrested too, alleging there is a political conspiracy against Anwar Ibrahim. Anwar is PH’s pick to take over as PM from Dr Mahathir - but some insiders say Azmin is the preferred candidate.
The head of the women’s wing of PKR Perak - which Farhash Wafa chairs - calls for disciplinary action to be taken against him.

“We must... display the quality of a responsible ruling party. Chanting 'Anwar for PM' and 'Azmin semburit' is unacceptable and confuses the public”.
22 division leaders under PKR Perak, led by Anwar Ibrahim’s political secretary, Farhash Wafa Salvador, pledge support for Anwar’s leadership of the party & for him to be the next PM.
The PKR political bureau met tonight and the disciplinary board has been asked to contact Farhash Wafa Salvador, Selangor Chief Minister Amirudin Shaari as well as other members of PKR with regards to their comments on the viral video implicating party deputy Azmin Ali.
Farhash, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim’s pol-sec, had said there was a political conspiracy against Anwar and questioned why Azmin Ali hadn’t been arrested whereas Amirudin had reportedly said the person behind the video had gone through a similar ordeal.
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