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Conspiracy after conspiracy

  • Apparently the power struggle within PKR's central leadership has now spread to Perak and Selangor, and could very well erode the stability of the state administrations if things get out of hand.

Sin Chew Daily

There has been a fair deal of “conspiracies” of late, beginning with the sex video scandal, followed closely by two Perak state excos being alleged of sexually abusing an Indonesian maid and leaking government secrets respectively.

Finally we have some new developments in the month-long sex video scandal. Former senior private secretary to deputy primary industries minister Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz and five others have been arrested in connection with this case, and the police have also seized 13 handsets, and the six men have been remanded for six days to assist in the investigation.

It is said that the video has been a political ploy meant to take out economic affairs minister Azmin Ali.

IGP Abdul Hamid Bador revealed several days ago that the police had identified the mastermind suspected of creating and circulating the sex video as well as his accomplices.

The police believe there is a group of people behind this whole thing.

Among those detained are PKR members. This shows that Azmin's accusation that the video was spread by people within his party had not been unfounded.

This revelation could as well trigger a tremendous internal storm within PKR.

As for the irregularities involving Perak excos, DAP state chairman Nga Kor Ming said it was unusual and was by no means coincidental to have such things happening in succession lately, in view of the 2009 power seizure of the then Pakatan Rakyat state government.

In the 14th general elections last year, Pakatan Harapan won 29 of the 59 state assembly seats, while Umno and PAS won 27 and 3 respectively, resulting in a hung state assembly. PH later managed to form the new state government only after two Umno reps voiced their support for PH.

If two state by-elections were to be held again and PH were to lose both, then the PH state government would collapse, and Umno-PAS would take over.

As a matter of fact, Umno's state assemblyman Saarani Mohamad revealed that DAP's state exco cum Tebing Tinggi state assemblyman Abdul Aziz Bari had contacted five Umno reps in a ploy to overthrow menteri besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu.

Saarani repeated the same story this April.

Ahmad Faizal is the only elected PPBM rep in the state assembly, while DAP has 18 seats. It is not easy for Umno to try to create trouble between DAP and PPBM.

DAP's state exco Paul Yong was recently accused of rape, while PKR's state exco Abdul Yunus Jamhari was alleged by his former aide of leaking government secrets and corruption. It is up to the police and MACC to investigate whether such allegations have also been politically motivated, and it is still premature for anyone to jump to a conclusion now.

That said, Abdul Yunus claimed that the accusation was meant to kill his political career, and that the accusation began since the party's elections last year as he was backing the party's deputy president Azmin Ali.

According to him, this is a political conspiracy, and the person lodging the police report was Beh Yong Kean, Kerian district officer from the same party, not a rival party.

State PKR chairman Farhash Wafa rebutted Abdul Yunus's accusation that his alleged involvement in corruption was a political ploy related to the party's ongoing infighting.

Farhash said the incident was purely a conflict between Abdul Yunus and his former aide and divisional deputy chairman, and had nothing to do at all with party president Anwar Ibrahim.

Farhash, Anwar's political secretary, was said to have disappeared soon after Azmin's sex video scandal came into light. However, he denied the allegation by blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin that he was arrested with Haziq at KLIA while preparing to accompany the latter on a trip to the Philippines. He said it was nonsense to implicate him in the sex scandal.

Additionally, someone circulated a video on the social media alleging Selangor menteri besar Amirudin Shari, an Azmin confidant, of sharing a Sandakan hotel room with Bukit Melawati state assemblywoman Juwairiya Zulkifli, also from PKR, on May 11 (Sandakan by-election day)

Apparently the power struggle within the party's central leadership has now spread to Perak and Selangor, and could affect the stability of the state administrations if things get out of hand.

In the meantime, former PM Najib claimed that he was tipped by a PH supreme council member that DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang was behind the formation of PPBM, while Umno's vice president Mahdzir Khalid claimed that Lim was also behind the formation of Amanah, calling the DAP leader the “father of Malay disunity”.


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