KUALA LUMPUR: Ignore the smear campaign targeting a federal minister - that is the advice of Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad (pic).
Khalid said the sex video scandal - which made its way into national headlines last week - was done to bring down the image of Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
“If the purported victim is serious about seeking justice, he should have brought the matter to the authorities for investigation instead,” he said at the Hari Raya open house at the Malaysian Association for the Blind in Brickfields here Sunday (June 16)
Khalid added that the scandal, if given further attention, would encourage gutter politics to spread.
“Soon, this type of scandal will be a common way to bring down anyone’s image, and we should not encourage this,” he said.
When asked if the scandal will affect the rakyat’s support for the Pakatan Harapan government, Khalid said this is for the rakyat to decide.
“The people are smart enough to decide for themselves if this scandal is real or a cooked up story to smear someone’s image,” he added.
In the past week, clips of a sex video involving two men have gone viral, followed by a confession by Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz that he was one of those in the video.
He also claimed that the other person was Azmin but the latter had said that it was a "nefarious plot" to kill his political career.
Haziq was arrested by the police at KLIA on June 14, as he was about to take a flight to Manila, but was released with no restrictions a day later.