Why isn't PKR investigating if it is an inside job?

Opinion  |  S Thayaparan
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"If it's hidden, you don't know (who it is). You should not cast aspersions prior to an investigation.”

– Anwar Ibrahim

COMMENT | There are two mutually exclusive questions in this sex video scandal. The first is, is the video genuine? And the second, who are the conspirators who wish to bring down a federal minister?

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution’s denial that there is no crisis brewing over the sex tape scandal is ludicrous, considering that there is a crisis brewing over the scandal involving power players at the highest level. This is played out in the press by statements from PKR's political elite - and not just whispered conversations on chat groups.

Saifuddin, the former Umno Youth rabble-rouser, once famously apologised for the mob he led which disrupted the Apcet 11 forum in the 90s, where he admitted that he was under the orders of the then deputy home affairs minister Megat Junid Megat Ayob.

Saifuddin said: "At 4pm, Oct 9, 1996, I was called by Megat Junid. I went to meet him, escorted by a few senior police officers."

He added that the minister then told him, "By hook or by crook, you must stop the conference. Kalau tidak, saya anggap Pemuda Umno tiada telur (Otherwise, I would assume that Umno Youth has no balls)."

I mention this bit of trivia because it demonstrates the kind of politics that is practised by Malay power structures in this country. The kind of intentional thug politics that is often disguised as spontaneous expressions of dissatisfaction and which reflect a conspiratorial attitude, the mindset of the political elite in this country...

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