Datuk Mustafa Ali has denied he was caught on any sex video, the PAS secretary-general’s lawyer said today, adding that the clip that has gone viral on the Internet is the work of political foe, Umno.
“This is a pure slander campaign by Umno. We do not suspect anyone else but the work of Umno,” Asmuni Awi, who heads the Awi & Co law firm, was quoted saying by news portal Malaysiakini.
“My client denies it. The video suddenly appeared,” he reportedly said.
The Perak-based lawyer also said Mustafa (picture) would take legal action once the identity of its producer has been ascertained.
Mustafa has clammed up in the face of a sex video scandal that popped up online days ago and is worming its way onto pro-Umno websites and blogs out to discredit the politician and his Islamist party ahead of the May 5 polls.
The PAS secretary-general has not been named as a candidate for the 13th general elections.
“I will not answer any inquiry on the matter. I have passed everything to my lawyer at Awi & Co to manage,” he said in a one-line statement today.
He did not directly refer to any sexual allegations, but his reply is believed to be related to the ongoing furore that has put the opposition party on the defensive.
PAS leaders brushed aside the emergence of a sex video on the Internet of a prominent leader from the party as probably “fake” and the “dirty tactic” of political foes ahead of Election 2013.
The video has appeared on a number of mostly Umno websites and blogs, all of whom claim the footage was the work of PAS’s ally, PKR.
PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa suggested today that the video could be fabricated, while also questioning its timing this close to nomination day on April 20 and polling on May 5.
“The timing is political, most probably the motive is also political,” he said when met at Putrajaya today.
Husam is aiming to contest in the federal administrative capital now held by Barisan Nasional and Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor, in a further sign the opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) is taking the fight directly to its rivals.
He said the PR will focus on its bid to win Election 2013 instead and will ignore such side issues.
“I am confident PR will focus on this election. (For a) side-story that is made up, we put aside,” he said.
PAS vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar claimed that the video was proof of Umno’s desperation, saying voters were already fed-up with sex videos that allegedly implicated opposition politicians.
“The people are already politically aware, (they) can think and judge for themselves... this is proof Umno is desperate by playing with this politics of hate and defamation,” the Pokok Sena MP told The Malaysian Insider today.
PAS Selangor commissioner Dr Abdul Rani Osman said he was not surprised by the new video at all, slamming it as an expected “dirty tactic” that independent studies have showed were ineffective.
“This is a dirty tactic, I don’t believe that sex video is an original video,” he remarked, having said that the people will be able to judge for themselves.
“Umno now has no issues, so they play issues like these... don’t have to worry about matters like these, even studies by independent bodies such as UMCEDEL and MAFREL have also said the issue of sex videos are not effective.”
He said that even if there were any effect at all, it would be minimal, while also urging PAS leaders to be diplomatic when commenting on the video.
Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, executive director of PAS’s research centre, called for a stop to such “disgusting” and “evil” politics, urging for healthy competition among political parties instead.
“I stress for a stop to all these disgusting and evil politics... because politics like these will only cause the anger of the Muslim community,” the Kuala Selangor MP said.
He criticised Umno for allegedly using political methods that strayed from Islamic teachings to bring down political opponents.
“This politics that is carried by Umno is contrary to the concept of politics that Islam endorses... we should be politicking about policies, not issues that go on a personal attack like this,” he said.
Dzulkefly said the effect from such a video would be minimal, noting that PAS’s rivals were using it to lower the credibility of PAS as an Islamist party.
The Star today reported that Terengganu police have confiscated 16 VCDs carrying the video that were distributed in the state by several unknown individuals, but no arrests have been made.
Not much care who in video..... WHAT WE CARES is WHO support disclosing such videos.....( UMNO blogs cohorts for BN and UMNO)
Even if the videos are true... so what!!! Which UMNO/BN politicians abstains from sex??? Someone's sex life is their personal matters. No matured person should interfere in another's preference in life as long as it does not directly effects your own life negatively.
Majority of Malaysians know it is none other than those evil minded politicians who are behind all these sex videos as they are bankrupted of ideas. Nowadays, any sex videos directed at opposition leaders will make peoples more determined to vote out the evil regime
Fabricated sex videos in this 13th General Election are outdated strategies who the rakyats are just tired of.
It is just like using outdated Second World War weapons for the battles in Third World War.
Umno and its allies in Barisan Nasional are so desperate and have ran out of ideas and all of them are reaching the end of dead end roads with no return.