Sex video scandal a test for govt, says political analyst

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 16 Jun 2019

PETALING JAYA: It set fire on Twittersphere or as somebody said, it “broke the Internet”.

The sex video scandal would serve as a test to the Pakatan Harapan government to prove to the people that it practised transparency in addressing controversial issues, said Uni­ver­siti Malaya’s political analyst Prof Dr Awang Azman Awang Pawi.

He said Malaysians were expected to oppose moves such as the implementation of the sugar tax on July 1.

“This is what the government will have to face and suffer in terms of popularity,” he said.“The sex video scandal is an additional burden for the government. It will test the Pakatan’s practice of transparency in addressing this issue, as it involves a senior minister.”

Dr Awang said it would also test the professionalism of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the police in ensuring that integrity and justice were upheld.

A 28-year-old marketing executive, who wished to be known only as Wong, said the controversy “broke the Internet”.

He voiced disappointment with the controversy, citing political fatigue.

“Pakatan has to address this issue fast. As voters, we are sick and tired of politicking. We need to see results and promises delivered,” he said.

PKR was mired in scandal last Tuesday after a sex video purportedly of Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and Santubong PKR Youth chief Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz went viral.

Azmin has dismissed all allegations made against him.

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