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Malaysian political party sacks youth chief over gay sex video

Malaysian political party sacks youth chief over gay sex video

In a Facebook video, ministerial aid Abdul Aziz said he was in the video and urged the corruption commission to investigate a cabinet minister

A Malaysian political party on Wednesday (3 July) sacked a regional youth chief over a high-profile gay sex video scandal allegedly involving a cabinet minister.

Footage purporting to show Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali having sex with another man has rocked Malaysia, where gay sex is illegal.

Regional Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) youth chief Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz last month revealed he was one of the people in the sex video.

He also said authorities should investigate Azmin for corruption.

In Malaysia, people widely believe the other of the two naked men having sex in a hotel room is Azmin.

Azmin’s office maintains that the video clips are fake.

Police arrested Aziz at on June 14 at Kuala Lumpur International AirportAuthorities since released him on bail.

On Wednesday, PKR disciplinary board chairman said Aziz had breached party discipline.

‘The Disciplinary Board today recommended the sacking of Haziq Abdullah and the Political Bureau at its meeting tonight decided to accept the recommendation and unanimously agreed to sack him’ he told a media conference according to Channel News Asia.

Gay sex in Malaysia

Gay sex remains illegal under British colonial-era laws in Malaysia. Those found guilty face up to 20 years in prison.

In addition to the threat of criminal prosecution, deep-seated cultural stigmas still face the country’s LGBTI community.

Numerous religious and political figures have consistently whipped up anti-LGBTI sentiments in the Muslim majority country.

Anti-LGBTI sentiments have affected Malaysian politics during the past year. In July 2018, LGBTI rights Numan Afifi stepped down from his role as the press officer for the Youth and Sports Minister after experiencing multiple threats and continued abuse because of his sexuality.

There have been multiple instances of the Malaysian authorities clamping down on the LGBTI community. LGBTI rights activists have repeatedly highlighted the lack of protections for LGBTI people.

Sex scandals – or allegations of sex scandals – have been used multiple times in Malaysia in the past against politicians.

Anwar Ibrahim, who leads PKR, underwent two highly controversial trials for sodomy, resulting in long prison terms. 

Anwar has since slammed the videos as a ‘scurrilous attack’ against Azmin.