PKR political bureau to meet over sex videos scandal

The PKR political bureau will meet at 5.30pm today to discuss the gay sex videos linked to the party deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali.

PUTRAJAYA: PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail says his party will hold a meeting today on the gay sex videos linked to deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali which have been circulating on social media since last week.

He also said a statement would be issued immediately after the meeting of PKR’s political bureau.

When asked if Azmin would be attending the 5.30pm meeting at the PKR headquarters, Saifuddin replied that Azmin is part of the political bureau.

“We will discuss and release an official statement,” he said, adding that the matter would not be referred to Pakatan Harapan for now as it is under police investigation.

Haziq Aziz, an aide to Deputy Primary Industries Minister Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin, in a startling video confession on Facebook, named himself and Azmin as the pair in several gay sex clips shared on social media last week. Azmin has strongly denied the claims.

Saifuddin, who is the domestic trade and consumer affairs minister, also brushed off claims that the party had failed to handle the issue, saying they do not have the expertise to handle such videos.

He said the police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) had the authority and credibility to handle the issue.

“To be fair, who in PKR has the expertise to probe?”

Asked on claims by experts that there was a high possibility that the video was genuine, he said the party will follow the rule of law in this matter.

“I don’t want to speculate (on who is in the video).”

He also dismissed any possibility that those implicated in the sex video will be told to take a holy oath. “That’s more of a Malay thing, not part of Islam.”

Saifuddin was also asked whether PKR president Anwar Ibrahim was losing grip over the party as his political secretary, Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak, was releasing statements which Anwar disagreed with.

Saifuddin said this was the result of reactions from everyone and finger-pointing as to who had leaked the sex video.

Asked why such videos and “exposures” were taking place in PKR now, Saifuddin replied: “No idea. We leave to it to the police to investigate. It is only fair to let the police do their job.”

He also dismissed the existence of factions in the party, either supporting Anwar or Azmin, stating all were in Anwar’s team.