Malaysia

PR says no to sex video RCI

Karpal (centre) speaks to the Press in Parliament today, April 5, 2011. With him are Pakatan MPs. — Picture by Yow Hong ChiehKarpal (centre) speaks to the Press in Parliament today, April 5, 2011. With him are Pakatan MPs. — Picture by Yow Hong ChiehKUALA LUMPUR, April 5 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will oppose any attempt by Barisan Nasional (BN) to set up a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) into the alleged Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sex video as there is no need for one.

DAP national chairman Karpal Singh said an RCI should not be set up for “inconsequential” matters, stressing that the focus should instead be on Anwar’s police report.

“Why should there be a royal commission of inquiry over this tape?” he told reporters at a PR press conference in Parliament today.

The Gelugor MP said it was more important to probe former Malacca Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik, businessmen Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah and Perkasa treasurer-general Datuk Shuib Lazim — collectively known as “Datuk T” — for screening the video.

“Datuk T has publicly admitted and, from their admission, what is clear is the number of crimes committed by them,” Karpal said.

The practising lawyer said the three could be investigated under section 292 of the Penal Code and section 5 of the Film Censorship Act for allegedly distributing obscene material as well as criminal defamation and criminal intimidation.

The Malaysian Insider reported yesterday that BN will propose a parliamentary motion seeking an RCI to investigate the sex tape.

It is understood that Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, minister in charge of parliamentary matters, will file the motion before the current session ends this Thursday.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, however, has denied that the ruling coalition will file such a motion.

The sex video first came to light in a secretive screening at the prestigious Carcosa Seri Negara hotel on March 21.

Anwar has denied claims that he is the man seen having sex with a prostitute in the black-and-white recording.

Police said last week the sex video was not doctored but did not name the people featured having sex in the 21-minute clip.

 

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