GOMBAK: The PKR disciplinary committee must take appropriate action on its members over the recent sex scandal implicating one of its top leaders.
Party deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali stressed on the need for such action if the party planned on staying relevant.
“They (the disciplinary committee) has to decide on what is best for the party. “If we want to ensure that the party is still relevant and acceptable to the public, then something needs to be done,” he told reporters at a Hari Raya open house here today.
He was responding to a claim that there were PKR members involved in the recent gay sex video clip scandal implicating him and PKR Santubong youth chief Haziq Aziz.
Certain quarters had claimed that some PKR members were present when Haziq left a police station yesterday, sparking rumours that someone in the party had orchestrated the whole sex scandal.
The controversy erupted on Tuesday when some politicians and members of the media were added into a WhatsApp group, where video clips of two men involved in a sexual tryst were shared in the group.
The next day, Haziq posted a “confession video” on his Facebook claiming the two men in the video was himself and Azmin. The allegation has since been denied by Azmin.
The people added into the WhatsApp group comprised PKR branch leaders and their lower rank office bearers.
Azmin said he was shocked to find out that someone had access to the contact numbers of these people and urged the party leadership to provide an explanation.
“Even I don’t have access to that information. So the question now is, who provided such information and also establishing this WhatsApp groups, they have groups for Sabah, Sarawak and the Peninsula.
“So this warrants the leadership to explain,” he said, adding that the time had come for the party to come clean on the matter.
Asked if this proved there were hidden hands in the party who were scheming to destroy his political career, Azmin refused to comment, saying it was up to the people to interpret the situation.
“But certainly this is something alarming where the leadership must take a bold decision to investigate,” he said.
Meanwhile, Azmin did not dismiss the possibility that the appointment of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Latheefa Koya was linked with the sex scandal.
“I think that is the perception of the public, that the appointment of Latheefa Koya broke the camel’s back,” he said.
On Saturday PKR Women chief Haniza Mohd Talha said she believes that the sex video clip scandal had something to do with Latheefa’s recent appointment as the anti-graft agency’s chief.
She said that there were several things that were seen as confounding with the sex video issue, including the statement by Santubong PKR Youth chief Haziq Aziz implicating Azmin.
Haniza said Haziq’s call for MACC to investigate Azmin was also done because Azmin and Latheefa were said to be from the same faction in PKR.