Chua Soi Lek, 61, stepped down a day after conceding that he was the man shown indulging in various sexual acts in the DVDs which were widely circulated in the minister's home state of Johor. Chua, a former doctor who is married with three children, had initially refused to resign after saying he had apologised to the Malaysian prime minister, Abdullah Badawi, and his family who had accepted his remorse. But with a general election he decided to spare the government further embarrassment and limit the political fallout in the conservative, predominantly Muslim country.
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. Azmin, who is said to be close to Mahathir, denied he was in the videos, saying they were a "nefarious plot" to end his political career.
The six video clips, each about three minutes long, were distributed at 3. They appeared to be from the same video that has been sent in bits and pieces to reporters repeatedly over the past few months. On June 12, Mr Haziq admitted being one of the men in the video and also alleged that the other individual was Datuk Seri Azmin, claiming that the romp took place in a Sabah hotel room during the Sandakan by-election on May
The latest sex scandal to rock Malaysia took a new twist on Thursday when the politician claiming to be in a sex video with economic affairs minister Azmin Ali alleged he had been asked to lie about their purported affair. I asked for more time to consult my parents and this angered him. On Thursday, Azmin told reporters he only knew Haziq from afar.
Malaysia's health minister resigned his cabinet post Wednesday after admitting he had been secretly filmed having sex with a female friend in a hotel room. Chua Soi Lek, 61, the most senior member of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's government to resign after a sex scandal, announced that he was also stepping down from parliament. A grim-looking prime minister said he accepted Chua's resignation and thanked him for taking responsibility for his actions.
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.
There are still unknowns in Malaysia 's now infamous sex-video scandal, which pitted political heavyweights Anwar Ibrahim and Azmin Ali against each other, but analysts are sure of one thing - the big winner of the messy saga is Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Observers said the premier's latest comments on the episode offered the clearest evidence yet that he was throwing his weight behind economic affairs minister Azmin, viewed in some circles as Mahathir's blue-eyed boy and preferred successor over prime-minister-in-waiting Anwar. The analysts also believe the year-old's actions may be a bid to shore up the clout of his own party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia PPBMin which his son, Mukhriz Mahathir, is fast on the rise.
Malaysia's Health Minister Chua Soi Lek pauses during a news conference announcing his resignation at his office in Putrajaya January 2, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he had accepted the resignation of Health Minister Chua Soi Lek, who apologized after two lengthy DVDs hit the streets showing him engaging in sexual acts with an unidentified woman. Abdullah, a devout Muslim, won a record mandate in polls on a pledge to clean up the government and fight corruption.
In Malaysia, this takes various forms, from planting fake stories, to doctoring videos and pictures, and spreading rumours and innuendos. People love salacious drama and all too easily lap it up. Or a different allegation with the same narrative surrounding the named individual could surface.
Malaysia's health minister resigned Wednesday after admitting he and a female friend were the couple in a secretly filmed sex video that has severely embarrassed the government. A one-hour DVD recording circulated anonymously last week showed Health Minister Chua Soi Lek, a married man with three children, performing sexual acts with the woman in a hotel room. Jerusalem Post World News.