New video clip in Malaysia's sex scandal released
PM blames 'gutter politics' as favorite minister is caught in power struggle. The controversy erupted on June 11, when sex videos involving two men were shared with journalists on WhatsApp. Though Mahathir pledged before last year's election that he would ultimately hand the reins of government to Anwar, now the leader of the Pakatan Harapan coalition, the prime minister has avoided committing to a time frame and Azmin is rumored to be his preferred successor. The scandal has touched off a firestorm of speculation about the authenticity of the videos and the possible political motives for releasing them. The day after the journalists received the footage, Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz, a deputy prime minister's aide, released a video on his Facebook page and claimed he is in the footage with Azmin. Azmin has categorically denied any involvement with the videos and rebuffed calls to step aside.
Malaysia sex video scandal a test of Mahathir's partnership with Anwar
Jakarta: It's the sex tape scandal that has gripped Malaysia, damaged a senior cabinet minister, and hinted at potential problems between the country's two most powerful politicians. Mohamed Azmin Ali has been accused of appearing in a leaked sex tape - a claim he denies. Credit: Kate Geraghty. Mohamed Azmin Ali, economic affairs minister and the deputy leader of the People's Justice Party PKR - the largest member in the four-party governing coalition , has been fighting claims for more than a month that he was one of two men caught on video in a hotel bed. The video was circulated on Whatsapp.
Malaysia sex scandal clouds Mahathir's succession plan
Tensions within the coalition have risen after sex videos purporting to show Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali, seen as a potential successor to Mahathir, in bed with another man were circulated last month. Sodomy is a crime in Malaysia and in the past, Anwar Ibrahim, who Mahathir has named as his successor, spent about a decade in jail under the law. Anwar and Azmin are the president and deputy president in PKR. Azmin has denied he was in the videos and has said he is convinced the videos were the work of PKR insiders. On Thursday, police said a leader of a political party was behind the videos, which were widely distributed to journalists and politicians via WhatsApp last month.
In a country where sex scandals implicating aspirants to the national leadership are nothing new, last week's circulation of a sex video purporting to show Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali with another man was initially seen as a regular bump. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. We have been experiencing some problems with subscriber log-ins and apologise for the inconvenience caused. Until we resolve the issues, subscribers need not log in to access ST Digital articles.
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