PKR president Anwar Ibrahim should ensure his party takes responsibility for issues concerning the leaked sex videos implicating his deputy Mohamed Azmin Ali, and avoid leaving the matter entirely to the prime minister, says veteran newsperson A Kadir Jasin.
In a blog post yesterday, Kadir said that he advised Anwar on the topic two weeks ago.
"Some two weeks ago, in a chance meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office, I told Anwar that he should not leave the homosexual video thing entirely to the prime minister.
"I told Anwar that this is an affair of his party – Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) – and it concerns a very senior person in its leadership. The party has to take responsibility and advise the prime minister accordingly," he wrote.
Kadir said that he had reminded the PKR chief that Pakatan Harapan is a coalition of equals, and therefore member parties must play equal roles and take equal responsibility.
"More so in a matter as sensational as this," he said.
Kadir compared the situation now to that of BN during the previous administration of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, with Anwar being a key member.
"In BN, Umno is supreme. In Harapan, everybody is equal. In BN, the Umno supreme council decides and the rest merely angguk (agree)."
However, Kadir, who is special media adviser to Mahathir, did not reveal Anwar's response.
When contacted, Kadir refused to comment.
Former PKR Santubong Youth chief Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz, who has since been sacked from the party, had admitted to being one of the men in a series of sex videos leaked last month and claimed his partner was Azmin.
Azmin has strongly denied having anything to do with the sex videos, calling it a malicious and slanderous attempt to derail his political career.
The authorities are still investigating the matter.