PKR gives Haziq 2 weeks to explain sex video claims

Haziq Aziz (in black cap) leaving the Dang Wangi police station with his lawyer after giving his statement on the gay sex video which involved him. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: PKR will issue a show-cause letter tomorrow to its Santubong Youth chief Haziq Aziz for tarnishing the name, image and reputation of the party for his recent confession that he was the man in viral gay sex video clips.

Haziq will have 14 days to respond and defend himself, PKR disciplinary board chief Ahmad Kassim told reporters at a press conference after the party’s political bureau meeting at PKR headquarters today.

He also said that the disciplinary board is waiting for the ongoing police investigations into Haziq’s claims to conclude.

He added that the explanation by PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali, who Haziq claimed was the other man featured in the videos with him, will be taken into consideration.

Azmin has strongly denied Haziq’s claims and has threatened legal action.

Ahmad Kassim.

The board has also warned party members not to make baseless statements about the party’s leadership.

Asked what would happen to Haziq if he did not respond to the letter, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, who was at the press conference, said the party will wait for him to respond first.

PKR vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin earlier said she would propose during today’s meeting that Haziq, who is also an aide to a deputy minister, be sacked from the party.

Zuraida, who is the housing and local government minister, also chided her own party for not taking immediate action against Haziq, saying it was unwise not to sack him.

Asked whether Zuraida is satisfied with today’s decisions by the disciplinary board, Anwar said: “She was in the meeting and there was a consensus.

Anwar Ibrahim.

“The decision stands as recommended or as decided by the disciplinary committee or board.”

He said today’s decision is supported and endorsed by all, including the heads of the youth and women’s wings and leaders from Sabah and Sarawak.

Anwar previously said he did not want to make a hasty decision by punishing Haziq by removing him from the party until he was proven guilty.

Anwar today noted that there were varying views on the matter. But he said all must and have already abided by what the disciplinary board today decided.

He said Azmin did not show up for today’s meeting.

Azmin also did not attend PKR’s last political bureau meeting when the gay sex video scandal was first discussed last Wednesday, a day after the first series of videos made the rounds.

Anwar today also denied that this controversy has given rise to discontent within PKR and will affect his succession as the next prime minister.

He said this was just the “interpretation” of some.

Asked about Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s take on the matter, Anwar said reporters need to ask him directly.

On Haziq’s recent remarks that he did what he did because he was afraid for his life and did not want to face the same consequences as Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu, who was found murdered, Anwar said this came as a surprise to PKR.

“But it’s a very serious allegation or insinuation.

“I think I leave it to the police to investigate and for him (Haziq) to clarify his statement,” he said.

He also denied that the controversy was similar to the sodomy allegations he faced before, which saw the Port Dickson MP jailed.

“Well, of course, the scenario is different, the issue is different.”

He said the party held the position that this particular incident was just “gutter politics”.

He also expressed sympathy for Azmin and his family for what they are going through.

Police are investigating Haziq, who was detained last week, for various offences, including carnal intercourse against the order of nature and distributing obscene materials.

Haziq is an aide to Deputy Primary Industries Minister Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin. Shamsul is also a PKR vice-president.

Haziq has claimed the videos were taken without his knowledge at a hotel in Sandakan, Sabah, during the recent by-election there.