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Wednesday January 2, 2008

Chua says sorry over sex DVD

I am the man in the tape 

SEGAMAT: Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek has admitted that he is the politician shown in the sex DVD that is being circulated in Johor. 

He said the woman seen in the DVD was a personal friend. 

In a press conference yesterday, Dr Chua said: “Who did it and why is obvious – but it is not important now. What is most important is that my family, wife and children have personally accepted my apology.” 

Dr Chua flanked by Tenang assemblyman Datuk Sulaiman Taha (left) and Tan speaking to reporters at the press conference held at the Labis MCA office Tuesday.
His wife Datin Seri Wong Sek Hin said later in a statement that she and the family would stand by him. Dr Chua, who is MCA vice-president and Labis MP, said he would not be resigning over the sex DVD but would let the Prime Minister decide on the matter. 

“I have seen Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting and I have personally apologised to them,” he said, reading from a one-page statement. 

He also apologised to Malaysians, his supporters and colleagues. 

Dr Chua said he did not record the video clip. 

“I saw the DVD on Sunday when a friend gave a copy to me,” he said. He said he was unsure whether the clips were recent or old. 

Asked about his political future, Dr Chua said: “I leave it to party members, leaders and the Malaysian public to be the judge. It's not for me to speculate.” 

Dr Chua, who was clad in a yellow batik shirt, said he met with Abdullah on Monday. 

Asked about what had transpired and the reactions from Abdullah, Najib and Ong, he said it was better to get the reactions from them as he could not comment on their behalf. 

On his next course of action, Dr Chua said: “I will think about it after meeting the press.”  

He said that although so far no police report had been lodged, the Inspector General of Police himself has initiated investigations. 

“Of course, as a responsible citizen I will assist in the police investigations. It is a crime to intrude into people’s privacy or into a person’s room,” he said.  

Dr Chua said it would be business as usual for him. He had earlier attended a function at the Segamat hospital before holding the press conference at 4.10pm. 

Also present at the packed press conference were about 100 supporters and leaders, including state MCA deputy liaison chief Tan Kok Hong, Pulai Sebatang assemblyman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong, Senai Assemblyman Chun Yoon Fook and Pengkalan Rinting assemblyman Low Teh Hian. 

After the press conference, Dr Chua left for Bekok to meet with the Indian community there. “I will not let people tarnish, prevent and stop me from carrying the duties entrusted to me as a minister, MP and party leader,” he said. 

He thanked his colleagues, supporters and Malaysians for their concern and support which he had received through phone calls and SMSes. 

Asked how his family was coping, Dr Chua appealed to the press to give him and his family space during this difficult time.  

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