Sex videos and politics — similar stories with different characters

One’s private life should not have interfered with one’s professional career. But in politics, that is rarely the case

By RAHIMI YUNUS / Pic By TMR

SEX videos in politics are nothing new in this country, but they never fail to make an impact on Malaysians nonetheless.

The latest show has PKR deputy president and Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (picture) as one of the main characters, as grumblings for his dismissal rise over the purported gay sex clip.

For once, the video was confirmed to be authentic by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.

However, he said investigators could not ascertain the identity of the two men in the illegally recorded tryst.

Azmin denied allegations of the video, saying it was a “vicious libel” against him.

“I utterly condemn this brand of gutter politics,” Azmin said, associating the leaked recording as part of concerted attempts to assassinate his political character.

While any leaked sex tape is bad in a mildly conservative country like Malaysia with a Malay-Muslim majority, a homosexual exposé just spells disaster. The salvo against the former Selangor mentri besar was launched amid uncertainties over the prospect of PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim succeeding Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the prime minister.

Azmin said he knew who the mastermind behind the circulation of the video was, but declined to reveal names as it is still under investigation. As it is, he is innocent until proven guilty.

One’s private life should not have interfered with one’s professional career. But in politics, that is rarely the case.

Sex videos implicating local leaders have been haunting the nation for the past 30 years, hitting either Malay-, Chinese- or Indian-dominated political parties.

While the story is still unfolding for Azmin, The Malaysian Reserve looked at some of these past cases.

In the aftermath of the mishaps, some of those involved had indeed seen their political careers reaching the point of no return.

MCA’s Dr Chua
Former MCA president Tan Sri Dr Chua Soi Lek admitted in 2008 as being the individual in a widely circulated sex DVD in Johor.

It was an hour-long video of the then health minister and MCA VP having intercourse with a woman — who he later claimed was a “personal friend” — in a hotel room.

Dr Chua immediately resigned from both posts in the wake of the scandal and apologised to his family and supporters.

He made a comeback in 2010 and became MCA president, but the party’s poor performance in the 13th General Election (GE13) later led him to resign.

MIC’s Vijandran
Former deputy speaker and MIC secretary general DP Vijandran was allegedly involved in a pornographic VHS videotape which was circulated in 1989.

The media reported that the original tapes were stolen from a safe at the then Kapar MP’s residence a year earlier.

Vijandran, who was single at the time, was forced to resign following the controversy.

In 1994, the Sessions Court convicted him for fabricating evidence and making a false declaration, and sentenced him to a month’s jail and a RM2,000 fine.

His appeal to the upper courts was fruitful when the Court of Appeal acquitted him in 1998.

Nevertheless, his political career has dissipated ever since.

PAS’ Mustafa
Former PAS secretary general Datuk Mustafa Ali was embroiled in a sex video controversy in 2013.

The clip showed a man resembling Mustafa — wearing a white singlet — with a woman in a hotel room.

He denied being the person in the video and accused Umno of distributing the footage.

Umno responded with a defamation suit against Mustafa, but withdrew it when both parties agreed to a consent judgement after the defendant retracted his remarks.

PKR’s Anwar
A sex video featuring a look-alike of the then Opposition leader had emerged in 2011.

A man known only as “Datuk T” presented the 22-minute video to a handful of selected reporters at Carcosa Seri Negara in Kuala Lumpur, showing a man resembling Anwar with a woman in a hotel room.

The woman was seen rifling through her male companion’s belongings when he briefly left the room and took a watch.

Datuk T showed an Omega watch to the journalists and claimed that it was Anwar’s. The latter dismissed the video, saying he was slimmer than the man in the video.

He admitted to owning an Omega watch, however, although he insisted that it was with his wife. Later in 2014, Anwar was convicted of sodomy, but he received a royal

pardon just days after Pakatan Harapan’s victory in GE14 last year.