Malaysia

PAS leaders dismiss sex video, say focus on polls

Husa suggested that the video could be fabricated. - File picHusa suggested that the video could be fabricated. - File picKUALA LUMPUR, April 12 — PAS leaders brushed aside the emergence of a sex video on the Internet of a prominent leader from the party as probably “fake” and the “dirty tactic” of political foes ahead of Election 2013.

The video has appeared on a number of mostly Umno websites and blogs, all of whom claim the footage was the work of PAS’s ally, PKR.

PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa suggested today that the video could be fabricated, while also questioning its timing this close to nomination day on April 20 and polling on May 5.

“The timing is political, most probably the motive is also political,” he said when met at Putrajaya today.

Husam is aiming to contest in the federal administrative capital now held by Barisan Nasional and Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor, in a further sign the opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) is taking the fight directly to its rivals.

Tengku Adnan previously brushed Husam off as no threat to his Putrajaya seat. — File picTengku Adnan previously brushed Husam off as no threat to his Putrajaya seat. — File picHe said the PR will focus on its bid to win Election 2013 instead and will ignore such side issues.

“I am confident PR will focus in this election. (For a) side-story that is made up, we put aside,” he said.

PAS vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar claimed that the video was proof of Umno’s desperation, saying voters were already fed-up with sex videos that allegedly implicated opposition politicians.

“The people are already politically aware, (they) can think and judge for themselves... this is proof Umno is desperate by playing with this politics of hate and defamation,” the Pokok Sena MP told The Malaysian Insider today.

PAS Selangor commissioner Dr Abdul Rani Osman said he was not surprised by the new video at all, slamming it as an expected “dirty tactic” that independent studies have showed were ineffective.

“This is a dirty tactic, I don’t believe that sex video is an original video,” he remarked, having said that the people will be able to judge for themselves.

“Umno now has no issues, so they play issues like these... don’t have to worry about matters like these, even studies by independent bodies such as UMCEDEL and MAFREL have also said the issue of sex videos are not effective.”

He said that even if there were any effect at all, it would be minimal, while also urging PAS leaders to be diplomatic when commenting on the video.

Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, executive director of PAS’s research centre, called for a stop to such “disgusting” and “evil” politics, urging for healthy competition among political parties instead.

“I stress for a stop to all these disgusting and evil politics... because politics like these will only cause the anger of the Muslim community,” the Kuala Selangor MP said.

He criticised Umno for allegedly using political methods that strayed from Islamic teachings to bring down political opponents.

“This politics that is carried by Umno is contrary to the concept of politics that Islam endorses... we should be politicking about policies, not issues that go on a personal attack like this,” he said.

Dzulkefly said the effect from such a video would be minimal, noting that PAS’s rivals were using it to lower the credibility of PAS as an Islamist party.

The Star today reported that Terengganu police have confiscated 16 VCDs carrying the video that were distributed there by several unknown individuals, but no arrests have been made.

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