Hotel named in sex video stays mum

Haziq Aziz leaves the Dang Wangi police station after he was released on police bail earlier today. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: The hotel in Sandakan named in the Haziq Aziz sex video said today it is cooperating with the authorities investigating the video, but would not confirm if a man had entered the room where a cabinet minister was alleged to be staying in the early hours of May 11.

FMT had asked the hotel if a man wearing sunglasses and a hoodie entered room 2526 of the hotel sometime between 1am and 2am on May 11. The hotel was also asked if it would furnish CCTV footage from that day to facilitate police investigations or on requests from the media.

In answer to FMT, a spokesman for Hotel Four Points by Sheraton in Sandakan, Sabah, said tonight:

“We are aware of the recent reports in connection with the alleged video involving Mr Haziq Abdul Aziz and Mr Azmin Ali. The hotel is currently cooperating with local authorities and fully respects the privacy of our guests. As such, we are unable to provide further information.”

The details in FMT’s request to the hotel were taken from screenshots of chat messages that have been widely circulated after Haziq made a startling claim of having engaged in sexual acts with PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali during the election campaign for the Sandakan by-election.

His claims have been strongly denied by Azmin, who is economic affairs minister.

According to screenshots of chat messages, included in the latest video clip released following Azmin’s denial, one of the men implicated in the video said he would use “sunglasses and a hoodie” after being told there were acquaintances known to them next door to the room of the other man.

He had earlier asked if he could come to the other guy’s room.

The name of the hotel, room number, date and time were also stated at the end of the sex video which Haziq said had been recorded without his knowledge.

Haziq, who is PKR Santubong Youth chief, is an aide to a deputy minister. He has been suspended from his post. Police arrested him for investigations on Friday and released him on bail on Saturday.

Police have said Haziq was being investigated for sex crimes and distribution of obscene material.