Making sense of the sex video and Anwar-Azmin rivalry
COMMENT | When the latest sex video controversy first surfaced, I told myself to stay clear of it.
I refrained from commenting on the incident, online even when prodded by friends to do so, and never thought of writing about it in this column, too.
Oh no, not another one, was my exclamation to a Sarawak friend who asked me whether I have viewed the video the very day it first emerged. I told him I haven’t.
After Sodomy I and Sodomy II, which spanned over two decades, Malaysians must have had enough of this deadly combination of sleazy sex tapes and dirty politics. Surely, we don’t need another one. Our politicians should allow Malaysians to catch a breather.
Why wasn’t I bothered about a sex tape depicting two men with homosexual tendency? Because another person’s peculiar sexual orientation is not an issue to me. I have never been judgmental on this and I have no right to. Understanding and respect should be the norms here.
According to Wikipedia, homosexuality is one of the three main categories of sexual orientation within the heterosexual–homosexual continuum.
Scientists do not know what determines an individual's sexual orientation, but they theorise that it is caused by a complex interplay of genetic, hormonal, and environmental influences, and do not view it as a choice.
Who are we to say anything if a sexual act of any kind is participated by consenting adults? However, if the act is deemed criminal and if you are a public figure, just make sure you don’t get caught.
God help you if you are exposed in full view, whether intentionally or unknowingly, in front of the camera. This is the case of Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz and the person whom he alleges to be his partner, Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali.
As the controversy played out, we now know that the video is authentic, but here’s the catch. The identities of the two men recorded engaging in sexual acts could not be identified, according to Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador (photo).
“The outcome of the facial recognition process is negative and it cannot link the 'pelaku'(person) in the video to the 'individual mentioned',” he added in a statement.
However, Hamid did not specify if this meant Azmin is cleared of any wrongdoing. The top cop wisely chose his words carefully - as he should in such a high-profile case.
Let’s do a rewind.
I recall checking with friends in the media on the first day and the second day the video surfaced and all (I repeat “all”) believed the video was authentic. No, journalists are not always right but in this case, they were on the dot.
Although I do not read the vernacular newspapers and am not aware how they reported the sex video controversy over the past month, I have to say that the major English news establishments, including Malaysiakini, have been responsible.
None even insinuated that Azmin was featured in the tape. It would be irresponsible for journalists to accuse or allege in writing merely on a hunch.
Perhaps then, Azmin should heed the advice of Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who had said, “It is up to the minister whether he wants to take leave or not.” After all, it is well known that the prime minister has a soft spot for his economics affairs minister.
The days and weeks ahead should be interesting. The prime minister’s comments on the issue will be carefully scrutinised.
There is one thing we can all agree with Mahathir (photo) from the outset. This is dirty politics at work. None should be surprised if, at the end of it all, all those involved would admit their guilt in planning and plotting an elaborate scheme to get rid of a political rival.
If PKR were still in the opposition today, I doubt the rivalry will be that intense. There will be fewer distractions as there will be little or no spoils to fight over.
Now that PKR is the biggest partner in the Pakatan Harapan coalition, there is a lot more going for the strongest group, as it will gain more of the spoils of victory.
In this patronage system, party members will find themselves particularly useful only if there is rivalry at the top.
If key leaders are involved in an internal struggle, members down the line would want to take sides, hoping for something to trickle down to them below.
In the case of this clash between Azmin and PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, plenty is at stake.
Is it any wonder then that the two camps are going all out to destroy one another?
Calls for unity among leaders of the two camps are all a silly façade if this patronage system is not dismantled in our political parties and replaced with a merit system.
I see a difficult path ahead for the two sides to reconcile, not after so much anger, hatred and dirt have been spilt and smeared against each other.
Anwar has a tough task ahead to pull together the warring factions but for the sake of the Harapan government, which still has four more years to manage the nation, let’s wish him success.
FRANCIS PAUL SIAH heads the Movement for Change, Sarawak (MoCS) and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
me oso never watch any of tis video, but the entire episode show that everything remain no diff, or become worst, in the past we still have a dog that bark, now quiet like mouse, while the islamic opposition suddenly seem fine with gay sex, however not ok with lesbian, tis is a bunch of joker. the only one no change is mahathir, but this one is merely a matter of time, so just ignore it for the moment.ReplyDelete
as for pkr, i think is fine, this party from day 1 is messy, just let them fight. i am just curious what if one of the faction decide to work with umno, then how? we have to convince ourselves umno is not that bad afterall wakaka.
All the politicians can play their games especially when the stakes are even higher when it comes to power, posts and wealth and justify their actions lawfully or unlawfully or just plain gutter play on moralties, sex, race, religion, royalty or whatever is to their political taste.
However, such politicians will never last for the real power is with the public who deliver finally the votes to them and their parties.
And that is when any decent cultured, morally upright, religious, civilised person/public going to the polls will never vote a politician if caught lying and proven to be so and not a man of principles or good character.
It will never be easily erased and forgotten by the public. Some politicians just never learn and expect miracles when the time for elections come around again.
And there are some who still believe they can cheat their way in their sordid politiking by going in thru the backdoor of using the ultimate "Cash is King".
Tanah Melayu is fair. It does not punish you for things you have not control over.ReplyDelete
How to avoid discrimination in Tanah Melayu?
You gay ke tak?
If "no" go straight to Step 2)
If "yes", pray the gay away.
If "Melayu", then you are set.
If you "Cina", then you can masuk Melayu.
Everyone else is not a noisy complainer so not
dealt with here.
Dunia Melayu welcomes you warmly.
FPS, why I thought you had lost confidence in Putrajaya, why are you still interested who becomes PM#8?ReplyDelete
Just focus on getting the stolen money back from Taib. Do it the Sarawak way. We have been waiting for the last 10 years since Movement of Change was formed. Still no Movement? But if you need help the foxhound Latheefa is ready to pounce.