Monday, March 21, 2011
Update : April 5th, 2011
A clip from a sex tape said to feature Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been posted on video-sharing website YouTube, on Monday evening 4th April 2011.
The one minute and 47 second excerpt uploaded on Sunday, 3rd April 2011 is not explicit in itself but is part of a longer video showing a man having sex with a woman in a hotel room, local media have reported.
The man in the YouTube clip is said to closely resemble Anwar, although the former deputy premier vehemently denied any involvement in many press conferences and media interviews.
YouTube removed the clip late Monday, 4th April 2011 but by then it had spread to pro-government blogs and websites, according to the Star daily newspaper.
A notice on YouTube at about 11.35pm Monday, 4th April 2011 stated that the video “was removed as a violation of YouTube's policy on nudity or sexual content”.
The Star said the YouTube clip showed a man in a towel with another man dressed in a shirt and trousers while a woman with Chinese features is seen sitting on a bed.
In the longer video, the man in the towel reportedly has sex with the woman after the other man leaves the room.
You can judge for yourself, is this Anwar Ibrahim or someone else, resembling him :
If that is really Anwar, then we can say that he is not Gay, but Bisexual!!
And if that is not Anwar, we can say that this video is doctored and fake!! End of Story.
"The face of the towel-clad, pudgy-looking man in short hair can be seen several times. He, however, does not stand in place long enough for his face to be clearly identified," the Star reported.
Anwar told online news portal Malaysiakini that it he was not the man in the video.
"Now, the video has been distributed. And whether the person looks like me or not, I don't care. It wasn't me," he was quoted as saying by the website.
Three men have claimed they obtained the tape, but two of them said they handed it over to police and were not responsible for the clip posted on YouTube, according to Malaysiakini.
The three men calls themselves Datuk T or Datuk Trio comprising former Malacca chief minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Tamby Chik, businessman Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah and Perkasa treasurer Datuk Shuaib Lazim.
The three have claimed that the incident took place at a hotel "that offered sex services and spa facilities" in the Malaysian capital on February 21, 2011 but a subtitle in Thai gives a Bangkok address.
Eskay admitted to the media then that he was also in the video.
Police spokesmen were unavailable for comment on how the most sought after video made it to Youtube.
Last week, Malaysian police chief Ismail Omar said experts had decided the tape was genuine and not doctored and a police investigation was in its closing stages.
Meanwhile Anwar Ibrahim's wife who is also PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has insisted that the man in the sex video is not her husband.
Speaking at a press conference at her residence in Segambut Dalam, on Tuesday 5th April 2011, she said she had watched the short video clip posted on Youtube on Monday, 4th April 2011 with her family.
“It is not him. It is clear that the body and physique of the actor' in the video is extremely different from that of Anwar.
“This is strengthened by the fact that for over a year now he has been accompanied by his children whenever he exercises and undergoes physiotherapy as part of the recuperative measures for his injured spine,” she told a packed press conference.
Anwar Ibrahim, 63, was the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia between 1993 to 1998 when he was sacked by then Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over alleged sexual misconduct.
He was jailed in 1998 on separate sodomy and corruption charges but was released from jail in 2004 after the sodomy conviction was overturned.
Anwar is currently on trial for another sodomy charge, this time a 25-year-old male and former aide, Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan has accused Anwar of sodomising him at an upmarket Kuala Lumpur condominium in 2008. If convicted, Anwar faces up to 20 years in prison.
Anwar has said he is the victim of a plot to prevent him from taking power after the opposition made huge strides in 2008 elections, stunning the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition which has been in power for half a century.
Now, Anwar faces another sensational accusation that he is the man in a fresh and latest sex video, revealed to Malaysian journalists earlier today, Monday 21st March 2011.
The alleged incident took place at a hotel "that offered sex services and spa facilities" in the Malaysian capital on February 21 this year.
Anwar said that the sex video was just the latest attack by his political enemies ahead of the Sarawak polls expected some time in April.
Sarawak’s state assembly was coincidently dissolved today, Monday, 21st March 2011, the same date where the latest sex tape emerged and the Election Commission will meet Wednesday, 23rd March 2011 to decide on the polling day.
The story in full : As reported by the Star Online - Malaysia's top English language newspaper on Monday, 21st March 2011
Malaysian Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim denied on Monday, 21st March 2011 that he was the man in the February 21, sex video revealed to journalists earlier today.
“I sternly deny this scurrilous attack.”
He said that he was at home with Parti Keadilan Rakyat staff, his wife, children, grandchildren and tweeting on that day and at that time.
The sex video’s time stamp on February 21, was from 10.23pm to 10.45pm.
Anwar said that he was told that man in the sex video looked very much like him except his stomach was bigger (perut buncit).
He stood up and quipped: “See, I’m slimmer.”
He described the video “as a good but not a perfect job.”
Anwar was speaking at a packed press conference flanked by his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and other top party leaders.
On a more serious note, he said that the sex video was just the latest attack by his political enemies ahead of the Sarawak polls expected some time in April.
Sarawak’s state assembly was dissolved Monday, 21st March 2011, and the Election Commission will meet Wednesday, 23rd March 2011 to decide on the polling day.
Earlier Monday, newsmen were shown a 22-minute video, showing a man resembling Anwar having sex with a woman, by a man who identified himself only as Datuk T. He claimed the video was recorded on Feb 21 in a local hotel room.
In the video, when the man leaves the room briefly, the woman rummages through his things and takes a watch.
Datuk T showed an Omega watch to journalists when he held the screening of the sex video earlier Monday and claimed that the watch was Anwar’s.
Asked about the watch, Anwar confirmed he owned an Omega watch and that the watch was with his wife.
He also said he did not know who Datuk T was.
“I call on the parties (behind this sex video) to stop dragging the public and country into dirty and obscene politics,” he said.
“It is a desperate act and the timing is perfect.
“Everytime we face elections – in 1999, 2004 and 2008 and now again.”
“Our members and supporters will not be generally duped into believing these claims,” he said.
Asked if he intended to make a police report, he said: “ I don’t know. I have not seen it (video). I have been advised by my lawyers that once we have found evidence, we can lodge a police report.”
Datuk T had said that he wanted the man in the video and his wife to step down within a week or he would make the video public through certain NGOs.
Dr Wan Azizah said: “I was surprised he (Datuk T) asked me step down. What have I done?
“These attacks are not new. It is politically motivated and irresponsible.”
Even before the press conference at 5.30pm, PKR leaders had come to Anwar's defence.
“This is a doctored video of Anwar,” alleged PKR communications director Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad in his tweet.
PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution challenged the mysterious Datuk T to reveal himself before making accusations against Anwar.
“Who is this Datuk T? We cannot just respond to any Tom, Dick or Harry. He is brave enough to challenge Anwar, but does not dare to expose himself. There needs to be some credibility,” Saifuddin said when contacted.
He said the entire exercise was a sign of Umno’s and Barisan Nasional’s desperation in their bid to demolish Anwar.
“This has been part of a failed smear campaign for the past 12 years.
"This was also timed to divert attention away from issues of corruption and scandal in Sarawak,” he said adding he was confident the party would pass this ‘test’ because of his firm belief that Anwar had been made a victim.
PKR’s Batu MP Tian Chua, in his tweet, described the “special viewing of a doctored video of Anwar Ibrahim” to the media as a desperate tactic by Barisan Nasional to distract the debate from policies and governance ahead of the Sarawak polls.
“(Barisan) shifted to focus on smearing and character assassination. The whole purpose of the exercise is to smear (Anwar’s name).
"The people who presented the video viewing in Carcosa this morning won’t even reveal their identities,” he said.
Tian Chua said he expected the mainstream media to play the story “to the extreme”.
Earlier story by the Star on the sex video
Top 'Opposition leader' caught on sex video
PETALING JAYA 21st March 2011 : A video showing a man, resembling a top Opposition leader having sex with a woman, believed to be a foreign prostitute, has emerged.
The 30-minute video, which showed the supposedly high profile Member of Parliament in various compromising positions, is set to rock the Malaysian political arena.
The video recorded on Feb 21 was found in a hotel room in Kuala Lumpur.
Press representatives were taken to a hotel room individually to view the video footage by a group of unknown people led by a person, who only wanted to be known as Datuk T.
Datuk T said he wanted the media to watch the footage showing the politician before sending the copy to him and his wife “to identify the person in the video” a week from now.
He said if the individual in the video was the politician he had identified to the media, "then he and his wife must step down from politics.”
Datuk T said he was not “the pious person with high moral values and integrity as portrayed, and therefore is not fit to be leader.”
Datuk T said if the two did not quit politics, “I will call on several NGOs (non-government organisations) to set up an independent panel to investigate and seek professional forensic services to study the authenticity of the recordings.”
Datuk T claimed he had stumbled upon the video after he was asked by the politician to search for his watch in the room where the sexual encounter had taken place.
“As I could not find the watch on the table, I searched for it behind the dresser. I was shocked to find many strands of wires behind the dresser.
“On close inspection, I found four well-hidden CCTV cameras, I tried to open the two dresser drawers and found one was locked.
“I prised open the locked drawer using a sharp object. I found an active CCTV recorder. I disconnected the wiring and took the recorder out of the hotel,’’ he said, adding that no one had the recording except him.
“I will not hand over copies to any quarters for fear of reproduction and distribution,’’ he said.
Members of the media including The Star viewed the video clip on a computer at the hotel room, where Datuk T was heavily guarded. The Star journalist was searched and had his mobile phone taken away before being allowed to view the video. The other members of the media included those from Bernama, New Straits Times, Utusan Malaysia, China Press, the Internet portals, foreign news agencies and at least one opposition organ.
The video clip had sharp images and the woman appeared to be a fair-skinned foreigner, possibly an East Asian.
Meanwhile AFP reported that according to online news portal journalist Sam Tan, who was allowed to view the 17-minute tape, it showed someone looking like the former deputy premier engaging in sex with a woman in what appeared to be a hotel room.
"The people involved showed us the video on a laptop and it appeared to be from a CCTV that showed someone who looks like Anwar having sex with a woman," he said.
"The reporters were made to leave their cameras and all recording devices outside the room before we were made to dress in robes and led to the computer where the video was played for us," he added.
Meanwhile, with talk of the video having surfaced, PKR communications director Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad tweeted, saying the video was doctored.