Nawawi: Don’t believe Bali video, faces can be altered


KUALA LUMPUR: Langkawi MP Nawawi Ahmad today called on the opposition not to jump to conclusions over a video showing the likeness of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad holidaying with a woman in Bali.

The Umno legislator said technological advances had made it possible for faces in digital images to be altered and manipulated for ulterior motives.

“The images cannot be trusted. In this age of advanced technology, Tan Sri’s face can be changed to appear like my face,” he said, referring to Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia.

“We can do all sorts of things in this technological era.

“We have heard before someone saying ‘sounds like me, looks like me, maybe it’s not me’,” he said in his speech while debating Budget 2018 tabled by Prime Minister Najib Razak on Oct 27.

Nawawi criticised Gobind Singh Deo (DAP-Puchong) for having earlier raised the matter about the video while remaining silent on an issue involving a menteri besar, whom he refused to name.

He said Gobind was biased if he was not willing to question the incident related to the menteri besar.

Gobind had earlier in his speech called for disciplinary action to be taken against Dzulkifli while his party colleague, Chong Chieng Jen (DAP-Kuching), demanded that Dzulkifli step down.

Dzulkifli became embroiled in the controversy, after a video featuring a montage of photos showing a man, who looked like him, accompanied by a woman in Bali, went viral on social media in October.

He later said the allegations were aimed at tarnishing his reputation and discrediting the MACC’s efforts in combating corruption.

“We will not bow down to pressure and we will continue to carry out our duties and responsibilities to ensure the country is rid of those who are involved in corruption and power abuse,” he had said.

“I’m confident that these attacks were made following the MACC’s ‘aggressive’ actions against those involved in corruption and power abuse.”

On Oct 13, Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said police would open investigations on the video.

Later, on Oct 22, Gobind demanded that Fuzi explain whether the police had verified the truth of the images.