Elephant in the room
By TAY TIAN YAN
If the police could not identity the "other man" in the video, how could they conclude that this whole thing had been a political ploy targeting a particular “party leader”?
The police have finally cracked open a slit in the door of the male sex video scandal to offer the public a unique chance of peeping into the room.
The police chief Abdul Hamid Bador confirmed that the video was real (like anyone else had guessed).
But, they couldn't establish the identity of the men in video.
A huge disparity from what the public would have believed, the doubts inside people's heads just get thicker now.
I personally feel that there is obviously an elephant inside the room, but it is not seen. Isn't this very weird?
Or perhaps, the elephant is seen but is simply overlooked or dismissed?
The police have handed the video to experts and sophisticated devices for authentication. They have indeed searched the room in question in the Sandakan hotel, obtained the CCTV footage from the hotel and detained a total of 11 individuals for questioning over several days, some even remanded to assist in investigation.
What I was trying to say is that even the tiny worms inside the room have been caught, not even a shadow spared, but...where is the elephant?
Sure enough there isn't a real elephant inside the room. But, there were indeed two men in there.
One of them was Haziq Aziz. He admitted it, and pointed his finger at Azmin Ali as the "other man".
Don't get me wrong. I don't mean Haziq was definitely telling the truth. To bring out the elephant, we simply need to trace the jumbo footsteps.
We want to know, and indeed have the right to know, the truth, not because we are busybodies nor because of our partisan stand. This thing entails the morality and integrity of a leader which will have a major bearing on the country's future.
Of course this is also a question of law. While it is against the law to create and circulate an indecent video, it is equally unlawful to involve in unnatural sex.
Both crimes must be dealt with in equal weightage!
The past two administrations were highly adamant about pursuing “acts of unnatural sex”. Despite the fact videos were not available then, the enforcers left no stone unturned, and indeed moved the bulky mattress into the court.
And now, the entire elephant is right before us. Little wonder such huge disparity in case management has aroused public curiosity.
And the police tai kor also said it was a plot by a certain leader of a particular political party, who had spent hundreds of thousands of ringgit to create and circulate the video in an attempt to tarnish the reputation of another party leader.
The question is: If the police could not identity the "other man" in the video, how could they conclude that this whole thing had been a political ploy targeting a particular “party leader”?
On the “elephant in the room” phenomenon, experts have offered a few suggestions:
1. Confirm that the elephant inside the room is a reality, not an illusion.
2. Establish and publish the identity of the elephant.
3. Handle the case instantly. The longer the delay, the larger the elephant will get.
4. Handle the issue in the most direct, honest and resolute manner possible, and not to let the elephant mess up the room, or event the entire house!
Anwar Ibrahim is well aware of the fact that the situation now is not to his favor at all.
The direction of police investigation is hostile to him. Not only was his political secretary Farhash Wafa detained, the police also hinted that a political party leader had spent hundreds of thousands to hire someone to create and circulate the video.
As usual, Mahathir's attitude has been firmly supportive of Azmin Ali, insisting it was all a conspiracy, without making mention of the “other man” in video.
Azmin, meanwhile, has been openly defiant, summoning his people around him with an open letter of challenge.
In the face of mounting pressure from these three sides, Anwar has tried to respond from both hard and soft approaches.
On the hard end, he managed to get state chairmen to voice their support for him.
Being appointed by him, it is natural for the state chairmen to back him, but this in no way reflects the views of the grassroots.
On the soft end, he invited Mahathir to the party's retreat in Port Dickson in an attempt to cool off the temperature. Azmin and his people were absent.
Let's see who among Mahathir, Anwar or Azmin will have the last laugh.