By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani
KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 — Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said today that she and family members are convinced after watching a two-minute clip of a sex video that the man in the recording is not her husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
A portion of the video purportedly showing Anwar having sex was uploaded on YouTube on Sunday.
Wan Azizah said today the clip was clear evidence that Anwar was innocent as the man featured did not resemble her husband.
“It is clear that the body and physique of the actor is different than the body and physique of Anwar,” she told reporters at her residence while surrounded by her family members.
“When he was in jail, what else could he do but exercise,” she said, referring to Anwar’s previous statement that “the stomach of the man was much bigger than” his.
However, Anwar was not present during the press conference. He is currently on the Sarawak election campaign trail.
Yesterday, a two-minute clip was uploaded on YouTube and shared on several pro-Umno blogs. The 1-minute-47-second clip shows two men and a woman before the alleged sex act. It was later taken off for violating YouTube’s policy on nudity or sexual content.
The uploaded video had a white strip at the bottom with Thai script written on it.
The strip was not on the version that first surfaced and originally shown to reporters two weeks ago at Carcosa Seri Negara here.
Last month, Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik admitted that businessman Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah, Perkasa’s Datuk Shuib Lazim and himself were collectively the mysterious “Datuk T” behind the sex video screening.
The former Malacca chief minister also admitted that both he and Shazryl were behind the video.
A former deputy prime minister from 1993 to 1998, Anwar filed a police report denying he was the man recorded.
The father of six, who is standing trial for sodomy with a former male aide, has accused Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein of being involved in the video recording, which Anwar said was an attack on him and Pakatan Rakyat (PR).
Wan Azizah said the sex video was another example of what she called the gutter politics of Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN).
“We reject wholeheartedly this form of politics and call on Malaysians to be together with us in upholding justice and in rejection of such politics. Let us together bring back the agenda for holistic reforms in the political, economic and social systems in our beloved nation,” she said.
Anwar has been repeatedly accused of having affairs, culminating in two criminal charges of sodomy in the past 13 years, one of which he is still on trial for.
Wan Azizah also said it was irrational to conceive that Anwar could have committed all that he has been accused of committing.
“Our family has been tested with many challenges since 1998. So many false accusations and aspersions have been cast onto the person of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Each accusation was no doubt a heavy burden, yet Datuk Seri Anwar had no choice but to wade through and overcome each and every disgusting, disturbing and demeaning accusation.
“Yet if we were to recall all these accusations, it is truly mind-boggling to imagine that Datuk Seri Anwar was guilty of committing each and every one of them, in which some accusations contradicted others, she said.
She also stressed that the issue was not whether the video was doctored or not but that actor in the clip was Anwar.
In his recently-released memoirs, former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had alleged that his then-deputy had propositioned four girls for sex in the 1990s.
Anwar immediately denied the claims, calling the long-serving former PM a “blatant liar with selective amnesia.”
Most recently, current MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek was forced to resign as health minister after admitting to being caught on a sex tape that surfaced at the end of 2007.
In 1989, former MIC secretary-general D.P. Vijandran was forced to resign as Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker after a sex video controversy.