PKR blames Najib, Dr M for sex video

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By Clara Chooi

KUALA LUMPUR, March 24 — PKR is holding Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad responsible for the latest sex video scandal, claiming they were to blame for creating the culture of slander and corruption among their leaders.

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution said both the prime minister and his predecessor should be held accountable for the actions of their own men in Umno for they were the ones who encouraged such behaviour from the beginning.

“These two leaders have played an important role in promoting this culture of slander by offering rewards in the form of money and positions to those who are willing to be used as tools to ensure that this is successful,” he said in a statement today.

The Machang MP added that although former Malacca chief minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Tamby Chik and businessman Datuk Shazryl Eskay had already admitted to their involvement in the sex video, it was Najib and Dr Mahathir who should bear the responsibility.

“Smear campaigns have become a culture and practice in Umno for a long time now, and from the very second the party loses support, this is their one and only weapon to cling on to power,” he said.

As such, Saifuddin said that the sudden emergence of a sex video on Monday, allegedly featuring Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim with a foreign prostitute, had come as no surprise.

He noted that the video would likely see those responsible receiving handsome rewards from the Najib administration, particularly if they are successful in toppling the government’s greatest enemy, Anwar.

This, said Saifuddin, would again come as no surprise for such attempts against Anwar in the past had successfully seen many individuals rise quickly in their careers and improve their financial statuses.

“In 1998, Anwar was accused of sodomy in a conspiracy by Dr Mahathir, that also involved judges, the police, the Attorney-General and several individuals. Records showed that they were given massive rewards,” he said.

As examples, Saifuddin pointed to how High Court Judge Datuk Augustine Paul had been promoted to the Court of Appeal Judge and then Federal Court Judge.

“Meanwhile, Court of Appeal Judges Datuk Pajan Singh Gill and Datuk Richard Malanjum were promised Federal Court judge posts.

“Datuk Ariffin Jaka too was promoted from High Court Judge to Court of Appeal Judge. They were all promoted much earlier in comparison with other senior judges at the time like Gopal Sri Ram, Datuk Mokhtar Sidin, Datuk Denis Ong and Datuk Abdul Kadir Sulaiman,” he said.

Saifuddin went on to recall how the then Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohtar Abdullah had been promoted to Federal Court Judge.

“Then Tan Sri Musa Hassan, from a mere investigating officer was rocketed from SAC 2 (senior assistant commissioner 2) to SAC 1 (senior assistant commissioner 1), then CID chief and then the Inspector-General of Police.

“Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail was promoted to Attorney-General.

“SAC 1 Datuk Mohd Rodwan Mohd Yusof was also appointed the Malacca CPO. Other individuals like Azizan Abu Bakar, who was at first just a driver, also received a large reward and was made the director of a company,” said Saifuddin.

Following the first sodomy accusation, another charge was slapped on Anwar, this time “masterminded” by Najib, he claimed.

“This time, the claim is that Anwar sodomised Saiful Bukhari Azlan. Is there anyone who believes that Saiful and the other players who were responsible in making sure this new campaign is successful did not receive any reward?

“Ummi Hafilda Ali is now going around in ceramahs to smear Anwar’s name. It has been revealed by a businessman Baginda Minda that a senior minister had offered up to RM10 million to Ummi to tell lies about Anwar in court,” he said.

The history of smear campaigns against Anwar, said Saifuddin, clearly showed that both Dr Mahathir and Najib encouraged slander and corruption and were even willing to offer rewards to those who helped them hold on to power.

“It is like Dr Mahathir and Najib are sending this message to the people ... that they are encouraged to commit slander and massive rewards await them. They will even receive protection,” he said.

This, he added, was likely why Abdul Rahim and Shazryl were brave enough to create the “false sex video”.

“Najib and Dr Mahathir must be held responsible,” Saifuddin insisted.

Police are presently investigating the video and today arrested Abdul Rahim and Shazryl for their involvement in the scandal. They have been released on police bail.

The video hit media headlines on Monday when a mysterious “Datuk T” invited selected media personnel to Carcosa Seri Negara to view the recording.

Abdul Rahim and Shazryl then revealed that they were “Datuk T” shortly after their identities were unmasked by PKR MP Datuk Johari Abdul.

They also claimed that another man was a part of their team — Datuk Shuib Lazim, Perkasa treasurer and former Umno senator. Shuib, who is also Johari’s uncle, was not arrested today.

Anwar and Pakatan Rakyat lawmakers have repeatedly disputed the authenticity of the video clip, claiming it was part of a conspiracy by Umno to topple the opposition leader ahead of the coming Sarawak polls.

The black-and-white video was allegedly recorded on February 21 at a hotel room in Kuala Lumpur.

It begins with footage of the man alleged to be Anwar, a woman with apparently East Asian features and another unidentified man in the room.

The second part, recorded from four slightly different angles, shows the man receiving oral sex from the woman and then having sexual intercourse with her in several positions.

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