The sex video comedy and the Malaysian malady

By Kee Thuan Chye

The sex video saga is really turning out to be a farce. It’s so funny you can’t help but laugh.

First, the ‘Datuk T’ trio who brought public attention to the video have been made the butt of countless jokes. Second, the police seem to be hesitant in revealing their findings even as the video has been leaked out and posted on YouTube and Umno-friendly blogs although the only copy is supposed to be in police custody.

And now one of the trio has taken the sumpah laknat. Last week, Shazryl Eskay Abdullah swore on the Quran to make us believe he is telling the truth in saying that the man in the video is Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim. What’s going to happen next?

This act of swearing on the Quran is getting to be a trend. In 2008, Saiful Bukhari Azlan did it to attest he was sodomised by Anwar. That same year, no less than Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak himself also did it to have us believe he was never involved with Altantuya. Despite their gestures, many people are still sceptical.

In the case of Eskay, the act is hugely ironic. He would have to be a good follower of the faith to take such an oath and be believed, but has he not been tainted by his own admission that he is one of the people caught on the video? As it is, he has not come clean on why he was there. His narratives are often cloudy and enigmatic.

It’s just as well that his collaborator Rahim Thamby Chik did not swear on the Quran too. His record of allegedly having had sex with an underaged girl, an act amounting to statutory rape, would have wrecked his credibility. In fact, it’s another laughable point that Rahim is part of this trio – he, of all people, accusing another man of immorality!

Besides, what the trio has done in regard to the sex video is already immoral. And that’s not even saying they were behind the videotaping itself, which is still a mystery.

Simply using it to destroy the reputation and career of another human being is already without doubt an immoral act. How then are we to believe that by swearing on the Quran, Eskay exhibits religious conviction? Does it not more likely appear as some kind of stunt?

Does it not also appear as an attempt to win public sympathy? Or a desperate measure? After all, the day before he took the sumpah laknat, Eskay intimated to the media that he and his collaborators would soon be charged in court; although what the charge would be, he wouldn’t say.

Ignorant cops

That was actually quite a revelation, because up till that time, no one had known if the police were ever going to take any action against the trio – for possessing and exhibiting pornography.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ismail Omar had said from the outset that the case would be investigated under Section 292 of the Penal Code, which covers that offence, but along the way no action seemed to have been taken.

The Star did report on March 25 that according to Deputy Commissioner Ghazali Md Amin, three unnamed individuals had been arrested in connection with the sex video, but when the ‘Datuk T’ trio were asked if they were the ones, they said they were not.

Rahim even told the media that when the police questioned them on March 24, they did not sign any document stating they were arrested and released on bail.

Thereafter, nobody gave a straight answer when asked about the truth. Not even the cops.

In fact, on March 25, when the IGP himself was asked why Rahim and Eskay were not arrested when they went to the police headquarters for questioning, the country’s top cop actually said, “What offence (did they commit), you tell me.”

But then on the eve of his sumpah laknat, Eskay told Malaysiakini he was arrested “that day” (without specifying which) and “was bailed out with RM10,000”. Intriguing! More so when you consider that the IGP seemed ignorant of the offence when earlier he had mentioned Section 292. Did he have a lapse of memory?

Going by the events, the public perception so far is that the police are biased in their handling of the case – and that’s cause for another hoot.

There was reportedly even a police escort for the ‘Datuk T’ trio when they arrived at the mosque for the sumpah laknat ceremony. This reeks of VIP treatment. At least one of them, Eskay, wore a bulletproof vest, which he, however, claims belongs to him.

Nonetheless, do these three, who should instead be charged in court under Section 292, deserve police escort?

To reinforce the public perception of the police bias, the next day PKR alleged that a police officer with the rank of senior assistant commissioner had been giving talks to school principals and teachers in Kelantan in which he told them Anwar was the man in the sex video and a threat to national security. Whatever the truth of PKR’s allegation, it’s hard to bet now on police impartiality.
Moreover, the police still haven’t told us how the sex video in their custody managed to get into cyberspace.

More important, the central and most pressing question has not yet been answered although they have reportedly been investigating the case intensively. That question is: Who was actually behind the videotaping? Is it so difficult to find out who the culprits are? Who was the prostitute in the video? Have the police got to her? What has she revealed?

PM provides the best laugh

Are we going to get any answers at all? Or will this, like the many intriguing mysteries that have arisen in this wonderful land of ours, such as the murder of Altantuya, be swept under the carpet?
Could it be that the police are waiting for instructions from their political masters?

Are these political masters calculating when the right time would be to take action, how the case should be spun, who should be arrested, what should be done so that they can make political capital out of it?

It seems there is no going by the truth any more in Malaysia, and this sex video saga illustrates it clearly.

It is now all about twisting the truth to one’s advantage, hiding the truth, turning the truth into falsehood. And, worse, making falsehood the truth.

This, fellow citizens, is the Malaysian Malady. And the people who are suffering for it are the innocent rakyat.

Stricken with it, we have to laugh or face despair, and no amount of crying will bring us relief. On that note, perhaps the best laugh stems from Najib Tun Razak’s response when he was asked by the media if he had watched the sex video when it was uploaded on the Internet. “Apa punya soalan ini (What kind of question is this),” he said, dismissing it.

Don’t you think it’s a fair and legitimate question? But why is the PM evading it? Well, that, fellow Malaysians, is the crux of the Malaysian Malady.

  1. #1 by yhsiew on Friday, 6 May 2011 - 7:34 am

    The sex video is merely wasting tax payers money. The countless effort taken by the police to investigate on the video and its actors and providing escort for the ‘Datuk T’ trio to the mosque, could have been put to better use by providing security to the people on the street. The entire episode reflects badly on the IGP and will further erode public confidence in the police.

    • #2 by Bunch of Suckers on Friday, 6 May 2011 - 8:11 am

      Our Bolehland is smart to choose which services are eye-catching! It is much safer in escorting whoever than facing crimes!!!!

      Don’t expect our Bolehland police reliability and credibility! They are part of BN/UMNO suckers’ branch! Without BN/UNMO suckers running the shows, they, lickers, might not be employed as policemen/women!

  2. #3 by k1980 on Friday, 6 May 2011 - 8:09 am

    Osama also sumpah laknat on his knees that he was not the fella who ordered 9-11 but he was shot anyway by the SEALs

  3. #4 by k1980 on Friday, 6 May 2011 - 8:11 am

    Eskay wore a bulletproof vest. I bet he also wore a chastity belt to prevent himself from being dishonoured by saifool

  4. #5 by dagen on Friday, 6 May 2011 - 8:32 am

    I suppose we will not see the end of this video joke which, I believe, involves tamby chik and an indon pros.

    Fed up? Vote umno out of putrajaya, then!

  5. #6 by Comrade on Friday, 6 May 2011 - 9:18 am

    To stop all the nonsense from happening
    Voters esp rural ones must come to an awakening
    Come GE13 the day of reckoning
    Vote in PKR/DAP/PAS for a new beginning

  6. #7 by k1980 on Friday, 6 May 2011 - 9:25 am

    Hollywood’s Spielberg is going to produce a new movie, “The Greatest Love Story” starring Eric Tsang as Chua SL and Karina Lau as Angela Yum. Going to sweep 25 Oscars in next year’s Academy Awards!

  7. #8 by pwcheng on Friday, 6 May 2011 - 9:35 am

    Politics is a game of strategy. There is no point of moaning and groaning. For the fact that the Police, judiciary, election commission and all other enforcement agencies and Government bodies are under the control of UMNO shows that UMNO has the right strategy to bring all these goons under their control. Of course we all know as a ruling government, they have certain advantages as they are deemed to be the employer and paymaster and for the past 50 years or so, these goons are taught to be servile to their masters and that is UMNO. That is a simple fact where every “simple” politicians should know.

    We should stop all the moaning and groaning of police being a stooge to their political nmasters which all of us know. All these are not going to stop the police for doing the same as long as UMNO is in control. What we need to do is look for strategies to counter this. We all know it is a difficult game, but that is politics and Malaysian politics are smeared with filth.Politics is just like going to war. Startegy is the keyword.
    We can pen alot on this which is also part of the strategy, but I hope we can find some other real good and effective strategy to combat UMNO’s grip on all these institutions which by statute should be impartial.
    In Malaysia democracy means making you crazy and UMNO seems to have the right mix of strategy to make us crazy. UMNO has placed their rooks,knights, bishops and pawns in the right placings to win the game. So what says you, Mr Kee Tuan Chye.

  8. #9 by Loh on Friday, 6 May 2011 - 9:43 am

    ha ha.

  9. #10 by monsterball on Friday, 6 May 2011 - 10:05 am

    If swearing by the mosque can do on crime mattters…..can swearing by the Bible or burn joss sticks to swear in front of Buddha also do?
    Under Najib…
    He sweared.
    Sodomised guy sweared….accurser sweared…both swear..accusing Anwar.
    It is like playing a game….you accuse me…I accuse you.
    Najib was accused ny he sweared he is innocent.
    Our come…double doses for Anwar…sort of…you can do it……I can can better.
    But vast Malaysians believe Najib have something to do with Mongolian girl
    And only POLICE believe those two liars.

  10. #11 by monsterball on Friday, 6 May 2011 - 11:33 am

    I forgot…and Hindus break coconuts and pour milk at Murugan’s statue…swearing this and that…all OK
    Najib became PM….whole country practices true freedom of religion OR getting worst?

  11. #12 by Bigjoe on Friday, 6 May 2011 - 11:59 am

    The point is this: All this effort and resources poured into tearing down a political enemy of UMNO/BN and they still failed. A party that spent so much time and resources for inane politicking is DOOMed to fail. Its simply NONSENSICAL way of leading and governing and the pattern of utter failures.

  12. #13 by drngsc on Friday, 6 May 2011 - 12:06 pm

    Alternate titles,




  13. #14 by drngsc on Friday, 6 May 2011 - 12:08 pm

    Alternate titles,




    We must change the tenant at Putrajaya.

  14. #15 by tak tahan on Friday, 6 May 2011 - 12:44 pm

    Shazryl Eskay Abdullah should just cleared the whole mess by kneeling down at FLOM’patron saint,Loose Control Mah,get serious,focus right directly with mouth and tongue slithering to swear solemnly for the truth laa.Finally all also happy,no doubt,no worry and Loose Control Mah will be more happy.Beh tahan!These people’re really nonsense la.

  15. #16 by dagen on Friday, 6 May 2011 - 1:28 pm

    “Ex CM romp.”
    Never seen before.
    Non Stop Public Umnorgy.
    Coming this summer.
    Starring tambyshit.
    Co-starring indonprosyati.

  16. #17 by k1980 on Friday, 6 May 2011 - 1:41 pm

    After allowing Tricubes to charge RM0.50 per email, the govt will be setting up Trisquares to charge every malaysian RM1.00 a month for ‘pumping’ oxygen into the air to counter the increasing amount of CO2 and hydrogen sulphide in the air due to farting. So every month Trisquares will get RM28 million due to ‘durian runtuh’

  17. #18 by boh-liao on Friday, 6 May 2011 - 1:49 pm

    Aiyo, Eskay failed 2 convince d court 2 order a company 2 pay a RM20 million fee promised 2 him 4 helping win d rights 2 d multi-billion ringgit project
    Kek sian lor, not rewarded after doing so much 4 NR n UmnoB by coming out with d seks video,

    Nevermind, he may still be rewarded if d objektif of d seks video is achieved
    He volunteered 2 give his DNA 2 polis n he challenged AI 2 also give his DNA 2 polis
    If AI does it, Eskay will b well rewarded

    Meanwhile, UmnoB/BN turn us in2 seks junkies n freaks

  18. #19 by tak tahan on Friday, 6 May 2011 - 3:39 pm

    //Don’t you think it’s a fair and legitimate question? But why is the PM evading it? Well, that, fellow Malaysians, is the crux of the Malaysian Malady//
    -About Media asked whether Najis had watched the sex video or not-

    How can one expect Najis to admit he had watched the sex video or not.Loose Control Mah will jump up and down,very down,khii siau,throwing tantrum,vases,heavyweight apparatus around in their palace residence for knowing that he watched the video by goes after him with more geram geram ‘yummy yummy’

  19. #20 by Thinking Two on Friday, 6 May 2011 - 4:24 pm

    This is just another set up for getting Anwar’s DNA only.

  20. #21 by grace on Friday, 6 May 2011 - 4:36 pm

    Botak Chin will not hesitate to swear in the temple , if at all , by doing so can co0nvince the others that he did not murder or rob.
    Triads members are very fon of swearing in temples by beheading cockerels to prove their innocence.
    So from here you cn see only crooks will like to swear because they are not god fearing. They think that if there is God’s punishment, belakang kira la. On earth, thery get away what they want is all that matters.
    Anyway, this project to kill Anwar politically has failed miserably. In fact the table is turned against UMNO and the three ‘heroes’
    Yet thre police said that internet tarnish its images. It is the police themselves

  21. #22 by Loh on Friday, 6 May 2011 - 6:27 pm

    ///Stricken with it, we have to laugh or face despair, and no amount of crying will bring us relief. On that note, perhaps the best laugh stems from Najib Tun Razak’s response when he was asked by the media if he had watched the sex video when it was uploaded on the Internet. “Apa punya soalan ini (What kind of question is this),” he said, dismissing it.///–KTC

    We all remember that Najib indicated soon after the video was shown in Carcosa Hotel that a RCI would be established to ‘work’ on the tape, and he even complained that why some people were afraid to support the RCI on the pornographic video. Clearly Najib thought that RCI is a vehicle for him to achieve his political agenda. If he would not even look at the video why did he suggest setting up the RCI?

    RCI is the last resort to establish the truth. The world leaders know about the murder of Altantuja, and they also must have known that two government employees who look after the safety of very important persons in the country, right up to the deputy prime minister were guilty of murdering Altantuja. Altantuja was never in Malaysia to have been involved in any personal conflicts with the two government employees. There is no reason why two employees would want to murder Altantuja for fun. They could have been hired to do the job. If somebody could hire two security officers to kill Altantuja, then somebody else could also pay them to kill the persons whom they are supposed to protect, including the deputy Prime Minister, Najib at that time. Would the two employees be the isolated cases who could be bought to do criminal acts. How have these security officers have been screened to take up the important duty of protecting VVIPs.

    World leaders are skeptical that the two officers could be bought to perform the killing, They might suspect that these two officers were ordered to do as if it was part of their duty. The two found guilty of murdering Altantuja have never shown there face in public. That also arouse suspicions that though they are said to be guilty and sentenced to death, execution will not take place. This is supported by the argument that Altantuja entered Malaysia but his immigration record has gone missing. Further, the world outside considers Judiciary system in Malaysia a joke. An RCI could help Malaysia clear some of those doubts people have, and compared to the video, Altantuja, a Mongolian actually was murdered. She was not an ordinary foreigner, she was involved in helping a company in Malaysia to arrange for Malaysian government to purchase Scorpene Submarine, the military equipment. The commission or service charge, depending on interpretation, received by the Malaysian company owned by Razak Baginda ( the acquitted murder suspect) paid by the French company amounted to 500 million ringgit. The RCI on Altantuja’s murder is ever so pressing because the French company declared that they did not pay from the own funds for the service charge, which contradicts what the deputy defense minister of Malaysia told the parliament. The Deputy Defense Minister claimed that the French company paid the service charge, and that has been denied when an official investigation was conducted in France. It would appear that the worlds of the private arms manufacturing company were accepted, and they are taken to be more trustworthy than the words of Malaysian government.

    Between RCI on Altantuja and RCI on the video tape with a look-alike of opposition leader, Najib chose the latter. Is Najib qualified to be a junior clerk based on his privatization ability with regards to the importance of RCI to the country?

  22. #23 by habis on Friday, 6 May 2011 - 7:47 pm

    Assuming I had commited a criminal act by killing a person does it mean that by swearing in the temple that I was innocent of the criminal act and That will absolve me and make me not guilty.Please for heaven sake do not abuse the holy place. Malaysian Boleh.

  23. #24 by vsp on Friday, 6 May 2011 - 10:08 pm

    Malaysia Malady?

    Is it Mahathir Mohammad ala Mamak Malady?

  24. #25 by k1980 on Saturday, 7 May 2011 - 10:24 am

    //Assuming I had commited a criminal act by killing a person does it mean that by swearing in the temple that I was innocent of the criminal act and That will absolve me and make me not guilty.//

    Only in Canland, my friend. Elsewhere you will get fried in the electric chair.

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