Sex Video: Who Is the More Immoral?

By Kee Thuan Chye

OH no! Not again! They’re gunning for Anwar Ibrahim over another alleged sex scandal. The video revealed by the mysterious “Datuk T” showing a man resembling an Opposition party leader having sex with a woman, said to be a prostitute, is obviously targeted at him.

But the timing of its revelation to the media on March 21 suspiciously coincides with the dissolution of the Sarawak State Assembly, paving the way for state elections. Not to mention the part in Mahathir Mohamad’s recently launched memoir, A Doctor in the House, that claims Anwar arranged to have sex with four girls when he was deputy prime minister in 1998.

What has Malaysia turned into? The sordid sex opera capital of the world? What are we showing the world? That we are a nation of sex maniacs? Or, worse, that our politics is so dirty that we turn to sex to discredit our enemies?

We have done it to Chua Soi Lek, and now we are doing it to Anwar – for the third time. Who will be next in the near future?

On the other hand, the case in which a minister was alleged to have raped his Indonesian maid seems to have been adeptly swept aside.

Rape is certainly serious because it causes harm to another person. But if a politician visits a prostitute, what’s the beef? Isn’t it his private matter?

When Soi Lek had sex with the woman with whom he was caught on video, that was also his private matter. But what is more despicable in that case – and the current one – is that the videotaping was arranged.

If we want to accuse Soi Lek (and now, apparently, Anwar) of being immoral, what about the morals of the person or persons who masterminded the videotaping? Aren’t such individuals more devious – and therefore more worthy of our contempt – for conniving to destroy another human being? Aren’t such people cowardly for resorting to such covert acts?

Isn’t “Datuk T” cowardly for not revealing his identity? He claims he was not the one who set up the videotaping, that he actually discovered it, so why is he afraid to come forward and show who he is?

He says he was shocked when he discovered the four cameras and a recorder in the hotel room where the sexual tryst took place, and decided to take the recorder with him. As someone who was presumably close to and trusted by the politician concerned, why did he not show the video to the latter? Why was he keeping it to himself? Did he there and then plan to use it at some point in the future?

If he wasn’t the one behind the videotaping, who was? Why did he not investigate it further? Especially since he was at the time an “insider” in the politician’s camp? Why is he now allowing himself to be a pawn of some other person or persons without finding out who they are? How can he simply take over the product of someone else’s handiwork and use it for his own purpose?

Why is he now turning against the politician who had trusted him? Why does he now call on the politician – and even the latter’s wife – to quit politics? What has she got to do with this?

Is he even sure about the authenticity of the video? If he is, why does he write in the statement given to the press: “If it is true… [the couple] must step down from politics” (my italics)? He says if they did not accede to his demand, he would call on several NGOs to set up an independent panel to investigate and study the authenticity of the video. Does that connote that he’s not sure?

It’s interesting that the set-up of the press conference to reveal the video smacks of an organized and sophisticated backing to it. The security checks on the journalists attending it were reportedly done with metal scanners, and the journalists were provided with jackets to wear to prevent them from touching their pockets. The event was held in the luxurious Carcosa Seri Negara. Who sponsored all that?

As for the video itself, it is reported to have been recorded with high quality equipment which rendered clear and sharp images. It’s “professionally done”, Datuk T reportedly commented. This again smacks of organized and sophisticated backing. Why aren’t we asking who was behind it? Why did Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein initially dismiss it as something that could not be investigated because no one had yet lodged a police report? Now that Anwar has made such a report, let’s see what proceeds from there.

This could be a case not only of invasion of privacy but, more seriously, one of conspiracy. It is also possible that the entire sexual liaison was staged, with a look-alike being employed to pass off for the politician – as is done in movies.

Why was the woman not brought along to vouch for the video’s authenticity? Datuk T says when he went back to the hotel room to look for the politician’s Omega watch and found it not there, he confronted her about it and she gave it back to him. This indicates that he knows how to contact her directly. So wouldn’t he be able to produce her if her testimony is required?

A lot of intriguing questions have arisen from this drama, raising a lot of suspicion. In light of that, the quintessential detective might well say, “I smell a rat.”

Ironically, this episode could turn out in Anwar’s favor as people begin to be disgusted by how low his enemies will go to try and destroy him. Many would no doubt have already been put off by the front page of The Star of March 22 carrying a huge picture of him next to the headline ‘Sex Video Shocker’.

The visual impact is clear – in the picture, both his index fingers are pointing at himself as if to say, “I’m the one”. Considering that no one, not even Datuk T, has been reported to name the politician in the video, it is distasteful to run a picture of Anwar on the front page, and especially in such a pose.

The Sarawak state elections may be coming up and the stakes may be high for Barisan Nasional to score a big victory, but this is a blatant spin that speaks poorly of a national newspaper.

All these underhanded tactics must cease. Politics may be a dirty game, but let’s not make it more dirty than it already is. The general consensus among the public is that there are national problems that need to be urgently solved. Energy should be concentrated on these priorities, instead of spent on distracting us from them.

  1. #1 by k1980 on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 - 10:57 am

    // recorded with high quality equipment which rendered clear and sharp images.//

    If so, Latok T ought to immediately release just 1 clear, still image with the facial features from that video to the mass media and everything would be settled to his extreme satisfaction. Why wait for 7 days? Why does he write “If it is true… [the couple] must step down…” It shows that he himself is unsure of the authenticity of that video. If he has the proof, why must he say “If it is true…”

  2. #2 by Thinking Two on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 - 11:31 am

    Was the room big enough for installing FOUR cameras?
    The footage of the so-called “datuk t” must in when he was searching for the so-called lost Omega watch!

  3. #3 by DAP man on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 - 12:06 pm

    A well written analysis, Kee.

    Calling Mr. Wong Chun Wai of The Star Publications.
    You are a shame to Christianity. You should be ashamed to call yourself a born again Christian.
    Christians don’t demonize another human being like this.

  4. #4 by wanderer on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 - 12:54 pm

    Hello Datuk T or shall we address you Mr UMNO pimp?!…got a fat pay for a lowly job, bloody dang stirrer! How about your master’s greatest achievement blowing to pieces of a Mongolian beauty with C4…you will do us all a service if you show us this famous episode with your Video films collection. You must also be the same dang who did CSL in!

  5. #5 by Peter on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 - 1:14 pm

    What is this country coming to when politicians try to oust each other by showing porno movies of sex scenes which were obviously set up to entrap the victims for purely political motives?

    Decent and credible politicians and political parties debate with their opponents on matters and issues of public interest and see who comes out on top, not by trying to force politicians out with this kind of smut. UMNO/BN and especially “PARIAH” scum like this Datuk T should just grow up and get back to the business of governing for the interest of the rakyat. Shame on UMNO/BN.
    First they try to nail him using a male “Saifool”, now a female. Whats next?????? a “lembu???????? So disgusting and idiotic tactics.

  6. #6 by sheriff singh on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 - 1:17 pm

    Oh come on. Can’t you all see it? It is soooooo verrrrrry cleeeear.

    It is an April Fool Joke !!!!!

  7. #7 by undertaker888 on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 - 1:55 pm

    and the master snake behind this is ………(drum rolling)…maha mamak kutty of Kerala, p@ri@h of the century, most oppressive and devilish person ever.

  8. #8 by yhsiew on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 - 2:17 pm

    ///Or, worse, that our politics is so dirty that we turn to sex to discredit our enemies?///

    Yeah, this is the tactic widely used in Zimbabwe to bring down a politician. Unfortunately, Malaysia is fast catching up with such “immoral politics” and goes the way of a rogue state.

  9. #9 by Godfather on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 - 2:35 pm

    I’m sorry, Kee, the woman from the video has been C-4ed. No witnesses left.

  10. #10 by TheWrathOfGrapes on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 - 2:59 pm

    Why is the police not investigating or charging these people for screening pornography and telling the whole world about it?

  11. #11 by pulau_sibu on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 - 3:36 pm

    Who is the father of sodomy and sex video producer?

  12. #12 by jus legitimum on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 - 3:49 pm

    Instead of tackling the social and economic problems plaguing the nation,the half past 6 BN regime only knows how to contaminate youngsters’ minds with sex.The future is definitely bleak with this bunch of idiots helming the nation.

  13. #13 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 - 4:00 pm

    The whole problem is one of entitlement. What the Malays who genuinely believe in ‘Malay special right’ is that their leaders believe they have an even bigger ‘special special pright’ – to steal, lie, cheat and all these sordid stuff. They feel entitled to the riches and excesses of power, not performance.

    The only and best way to rid of sordid entitlement of these perverted characters, like it or not, means getting rid of the mythical Malay entitlements.

  14. #14 by bullet_kavi on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 - 11:46 pm

    Its a shame for Malaysia….really. What the other nations going to think about us? Don’t we feel shame to say we are Malaysian…with lots of sex scandal politicians? And Datuk T, why is he giving reasons like a school children? This seems to be that he’s just planning and waited for the opportunity to use the video for the good of himself. Please, politicians are symbolizing our nation. So, it is better to act professionally.

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