About a week after the stunning appointment of Latheefa Koya as the first woman chief commissioner of MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission), a leaked sex video clip and several lewd photos of two men has emerged – including one that resembles a very senior minister. Today, one of the men in the video has stepped forward and confessed he was one of the actors.

Muhammad Haziq Abdul Aziz, a senior private secretary to Deputy Primary Industries Minister Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin, has not only calmly and proudly admitted his involvement in the gay sex activity, but also named the powerful senior minister – Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali, the blue-eyed boy of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Azmin has denied he was the man in the gay sex video widely shared across social media, despite Haziq’s confession. Curiously, the “real” Haziq has denied he was the man featured in the video depicting a man performing sexual acts on another man – according to Santubong PKR Ahmad Nazib Johari. If this is true, then the man who claimed to be Hafiz and made the confession video was an imposter.

Mr. Azmin, PKR deputy president, does not see eye to eye with Anwar Ibrahim, the PKR president. While Mr. Anwar is the PM-in-waiting, Azmin has been speculated to be the real next prime minister groomed by PM Mahathir. The newly crowned MACC Chief Latheefa, aligned to Azmin, was immediately condemned by Anwar’s faction after Mahathir unilaterally appointed her.

On the surface, the newly exposed sex video could be a move from Anwar’s camp to terminate Azmin’s political career as retaliation against Latheefa’s appointment. As the powerful anti-graft chief, Latheefa could jeopardise and destroy Anwar’s transition to become the country’s 8th prime minister. With Azmin “erased”, it would be a smooth sailing for Anwar Ibrahim.

And with the perception that it was Anwar’s team who engaged in the gutter politics, the 93-year-old Mahathir, the supremo of PPBM (Bersatu) political party, might go ballistic and restart a 20-year-old war against the PM-in-waiting. After all, it was the Mahathir administration that fired Anwar in 1998 for allegation of sodomising a male aide, and subsequently jailed.

Election 2018 - Mahathir and Anwar Banner

With Anwar and Mahathir at each other’s throats, that would be the beginning of the collapse of the 1-year-old ruling Pakatan Harapan government, a coalition comprises 4 major component parties – PPBM, PKR, DAP and Amanah. A new rivalry between both individuals would force them to seek new alliance with the opposition parties – UMNO or PAS.

The happy ending would see UMNO returns to power, regardless whether Mahathir or Anwar wins the battle. More importantly, all the past corruptions committed by the UMNO leaders over the last 61 years would be wiped out and they could probably steal and plunder the national coffers again. It was indeed a brilliant plan by UMNO strategists taking a page from Mahathir’s playbook.

UMNO-Malay politics has always been about corruption and sex (or homosexual to be precise). And when you talk about cooking up sex scandal, UMNO is the ultimate champion. Anwar was previously accused of sodomy twice – in 1998 and again in 2008 – the first round by PM Mahathir Mohamad and the second round by PM Najib Razak, all occurred during the era of UMNO.

Sex Video - Anwar Ibrahim Accused By Shazryl Eskay Abdullah, Shuib Lazim and Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik

In 2011, Mr Anwar was once again became a target of a similar sex videounleashed by former associate Shazryl Eskay Abdullah along with Shuib Lazim and Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik – known as the “Datuk T” trio. The trio were convicted of showing an obscene display instead, but were only fined between RM1,000 and RM3,000 under Najib regime.

Eventually, Anwar was released from  prison after he was granted a full pardon by the King in 2018, after Pakatan Harapan took over the government. But there’s something quite strange about the confession of Muhammad Haziq in the latest sex video. He did not cry about being sodomised by Azmin Ali, but instead complained about the Economic Affairs Minister’s alleged corruption.

Yes, not only the sex drama in the Four Points Sheraton hotel room in Sandakan, Sabah on May 11, 2019 was consensual, Haziq also demonstrated an unusual behaviour of urging the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate Azmin Ali’s corruption. So, one night they were happily engaged in gay sex, and one day a month later, Haziq wanted his sex partner to be investigated for bribery?

Four Points Hotel Sheraton - Sandakan Sabah

Equally shocking was the speedy reaction of UMNO supreme council member Lokman Noor Adam – Najib’s strongest supporter and loudest cheerleader. On top of a police report on the sex video, Mr Lokman had also lodged a MACC report claiming that in December 2017, Azmin Ali had RM3.1 million transferred into his bank accounts from UEM Group Bhd (UEM Group).

UEM Group has today rubbished the allegations made by Lokman, known as the man with “IQ of a carrot”. The engineering company has also announced that it does not have an account with the bank’s main branch in Kuala Lumpur, let alone being the owner of the account number that went viral on social media. Perhaps the biggest hint that UMNO was the “hidden hand” in the sex scandal can be found in Khairy.

Khairy Jamaluddin, one of UMNO warlords, said – “Politics is a tough profession. Some days, it’s dirty. Some days, it’s downright filthy. Today it stinks to the high heaven.” As an opposition figure, he should have at least demanded a comprehensive investigation in regard to the explosive gay sex video. Instead, Khairy talked as if he knew his party was the culprit.

Anwar Ibrahim and Azmin Ali

But why would the opposition – UMNO – wants to bring down Azmin Ali when it would be more beneficial to allow him and rival Anwar Ibrahim kills each other? With Azmin and Anwar at each other’s throats, it’s a matter of time before the ruling government cracks and disintegrates, not to mention the old and fragile Mahathir could kick the bucket any time.

Pro-opposition cybertroopers, propagandists and bloggers who would like the people to believe that the unleashing of the homosexual video clip was an inside job have conveniently swept under the carpet the fact that the half-dead UMNO political party is more divided than the rivalry between Azmin and Anwar in PKR. UMNO had actually split into several camps.

UMNO president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi admitted that UMNO had split into 5 factions after it lost power for the first time in its history after ruling the country for 61 years. He revealed that the first faction consists of those who want to maintain the status quo and not ally with any other parties. The second faction wanted to join forces with only Mahathir’s party, thinking it would be the shortcut to come back to power.

Barisan Nasional UMNO - Rats Deserting A Sinking Ship - Najib Razak and Zahid Hamidi

The third faction wanted to join forces with PKR since the next prime minister will be Anwar Ibrahim. The fourth faction wanted UMNO to join forces – even merge – with the PAS Islamist party. The fifth faction, claimed Zahid, wanted to form a new grouping altogether. However, there’s a sixth faction – hardcore supporters of former PM Najib Razak, who wanted the crook to lead again.

The reason why UMNO has to bring down Azmin Ali has everything to do with UMNO warlord Hishammuddin Hussein. To save his skin, Mr Hishammuddin had even offered to find his cousin’s partner-in-crime, Jho Low, to appease and suck up to PM Mahathir. He had also been linked to the “hidden hand” behind Sabah UMNO defections to Mahathir’s PPBM party.

Within UMNO itself, Hishammuddin was the suspect traitor who would leave the party with 30 MPs. The suspicion was confirmed when Ameer Azmin, eldest son of Azmin Ali, posted a photo of the families of Azmin and Hishammuddin holidaying in Morocco last year. After the photo – with the caption “reunited after so long” – went viral in the social media, it was taken down.

Azmin Ali and Hishammuddin Hussein Families - Holiday in Morocco

After losing control of the Parliament to Pakatan Harapan coalition, winning a total of only 79 parliamentary seats, Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition was left with 57 seats after the mass defection of all four Sarawak BN component parties. UMNO, once the dominant ruling government, is now left with only 37 MPs,down from 54 MPs it won after the 14th General Election on May 9th last year.

Clearly, UMNO leadership cannot afford any further defections, let alone allowing Hishammuddin to persuade 30 of its 37 MPs crossing over to the other side. Azmin was supposed to recommend and justify the acceptance of Hishammuddin to the ruling Pakatan Harapan government after the successful mass defection of the 30 UMNO MPs.

Muhammad Haziq Abdul Aziz, if he was who he claimed he was, has been a mole and double agent all this while. He has been switching camps between Barisan and Pakatan for numerous times. He was part of the election team of Nancy Shukri, formerly a Minister in the Prime Minister Office of Najib Razak, as early as 2017 before switching back to Pakatan after the 14th general election.

Muhammad Haziq Abdul Aziz – Election Campaign of Nancy Shukri

Hence, regardless whether the sex video clip could cause mistrust between Mahathir and Anwar or stop Azmin-Hishammuddin’s plan of enticing 30 UMNO MPs jumping over, the real winner is none other than UMNO. It would be even better if PKR will be seen as a party of gays and homosexual after this scandal. Conservative Malay voters would have no choice but to vote for UMNO.