PETALING JAYA: Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz has been booted out by PKR, three weeks after publicly claiming that he and allegedly Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, who is PKR deputy president, were the two men in a viral sex video.
PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the decision was made after considering several recommendations by the party's disciplinary board.
PKR disciplinary board chief Datuk Ahmad Kassim said the board recommended to the political bureau to expel the Santubong PKR Youth chief after reviewing Haziq's response to a show cause letter sent to him last month.
"The disciplinary board has received a response from the show cause letter sent to Haziq.
"After looking at his response letter, dated July 2, we recommended that the political bureau to expel him.
"The disciplinary board found that he went against the party's code of ethics. Among the reasons given is that he openly accused the party leadership of corruption without giving evidence,” Ahmad told reporters after the party’s weekly political bureau meeting Wednesday (July 3) night.
Another reason was that he also openly accused the party leadership of other matters without waiting for investigations to be done, said Ahmad.
Anwar said the disciplinary board was impartial and took no sides.
"It is impartial and does not side with anyone. That's why it (Haziq being expelled) was decided on the basis of him accusing the party leadership of corruption," said Anwar.
On June 12, after the first video was sent to the media and PKR leaders, Haziq claimed that the other man in the video with him was allegedly Azmin, who is also PKR deputy president.
He also urged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate Azmin for corruption.
Azmin has since categorically denied any involvement in the sex video, dismissing the scandal as a “nefarious plot” to destroy his poliical career.
On June 14, Haziq, who was waiting for a flight to Manila was arrested by the police at the airport then released on bail a day later with permission to leave the country if he wished.
On June 19, Haziq was slapped with a show cause letter by the party disciplinary board and given 14 days to respond.
The authenticity of the video has yet to be confirmed by the government, which had formed a task force comprising the police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to probe the case.