Political party leader behind gay sex clip, says IGP

Abdul Hamid Bador. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: A leader of a political party is behind the gay sex clips implicating PKR deputy president Azmin Ali, Inspector General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said today.

In a statement, Hamid said an analysis of the video by CyberSecurity Malaysia found that it was very likely authentic.

However, he added: “The facial recognition process results are negative and the person in the video cannot be linked to the individual in question.”

Hamid said police investigations showed that a group, masterminded by a leader of a political party, was behind the clips.

“It is aimed at slandering and tarnishing the reputation of certain individuals. The video clip was spread with the intention of creating anxiety among the people.”

Hamid added that the video was produced by parties who were paid hundreds of thousands of ringgit.

Previously, then Santubong PKR Youth chief Haziq Aziz had admitted to being one of two people in a viral video of two men engaging in sex acts.

He named Azmin as the other person in the video, a claim the economic affairs minister has strongly denied.

Police have so far arrested nine people for distributing the clips, including Haziq and Perak PKR leader Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak, who is also PKR president Anwar Ibrahim’s political secretary.

Where are all the deep-fake boys now, says Najib

Later in the evening former prime minister Najib Razak took a swipe at people who had initially claimed the video was a “deep fake”.

The term, a combination of “deep learning” and “fakes”, is used to describe videos that have been digitally altered by combining and superimposing existing images and videos on source images or videos.

“Where are those boys who claimed it was a ‘deep fake’? Have you guys retreated to the cave?” said Najib.