Tensions within the coalition have risen after sex videos purporting to show Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali, seen as a potential successor to Mahathir, in bed with another man were circulated last month. Sodomy is a crime in Malaysia and in the past, Anwar Ibrahim, who Mahathir has named as his successor, spent about a decade in jail under the law. Anwar and Azmin are the president and deputy president in PKR. Azmin has denied he was in the videos and has said he is convinced the videos were the work of PKR insiders. On Thursday, police said a leader of a political party was behind the videos, which were widely distributed to journalists and politicians via WhatsApp last month.
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Jakarta: It's the sex tape scandal that has gripped Malaysia, damaged a senior cabinet minister, and hinted at potential problems between the country's two most powerful politicians. Mohamed Azmin Ali has been accused of appearing in a leaked sex tape - a claim he denies. Credit: Kate Geraghty. Mohamed Azmin Ali, economic affairs minister and the deputy leader of the People's Justice Party PKR - the largest member in the four-party governing coalition , has been fighting claims for more than a month that he was one of two men caught on video in a hotel bed. The video was circulated on Whatsapp. According to Kean Wong, editor of the forthcoming book Rebirth: Reformasi, Resistance and Hope on the Road to a new Malaysia, the emergence of the video signals that some members of the political class are impatient for further political change. Their appetitue for change was, perhaps, whetted by 's change of government, the first since independence in
The sex tapes, which are allegedly of Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali, were widely distributed to journalists and politicians via WhatsApp last week. Sodomy is a crime in Malaysia and in the past, Anwar Ibrahim, who Mahathir has named as his successor, has spent about a decade in jail under the law. Haziq was arrested last week and later released on police bail.
Najib, who is facing a corruption trial, took to Twitter on July 24 to allude to contrasting treatments in the two scandals. In the tweet, he said: "In This was a moral issue, not political issue.