Malaysia must shun ‘dirty politics’ to be politically matured, says STAR chief

Lina Soo

KUCHING, June 13: State Reform Party (STAR) today joined the call to reject ‘dirty politics’, following the appearance of a gay sex video featuring a man who is allegedly a federal minister.

STAR president Lina Soo opined that the country must move beyond this kind of politics if it aspired to become a politically matured society.

“A society where voters are well informed and do not fall victim to lies and ‘fitnah’ (accusations) to gain their votes and political support,” she said in a statement today.

Soo pointed out that this ‘storm’ would be the litmus test for the new Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador and the new Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Latheefa Koya.

“Punish the perpetrators of such a despicable practice to prevent it from infecting our society.

“Dirty politics must be stopped in order for us to become a politically matured society,” said Soo.

The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government is facing its first major political scandal after a leaked video showing a man who looked like a senior political figure from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in bed with another man.

This followed a ‘confession’ posted on Facebook account belonging to one Haziq Aziz, who is purportedly an aide to a deputy minister and a member of PKR Santubong.

Yesterday, Minister of Economic Affairs Datuk Seri Mohamad Azmin Ali, who was implicated in the video, denied the accusation and expressed belief it was a plot to assassinate his reputation and character in an attempt to destroy his political career.

He had also instructed his lawyers to initiate legal action against the individuals behind these accusations as well as against other perpetrators.

Meanwhile, Santubong PKR chief Ahmad Nazib Johari also insisted that his Youth Wing chief Haziq had denied he was the man featured in the sex video clips as well as being the one in the confession video.

Ahmad Nazib said the man in the confession video and the real Haziq have a different physique.

Having contacted Haziq for an explanation, he added that Haziq claimed the videos were the work of irresponsible parties. — DayakDaily