PETALING JAYA: A close friend of Muhammad Haziq Abdul Aziz texted the latter after the sex video went viral and Haziq denied it was him.
“He said I was crazy to think he was gay and denied it was him,” said Habib Mazlan of his text exchanges with Haziq on Monday.
Screenshots of the WhatsApp exchanges showed Haziq, 27, saying: “I have seen the video – it is not me. Don’t slander! I am not relevant. I am just a victim of the situation.”
However, Haziq yesterday confessed in cyberspace that he was one of the actors in the viral sex video allegedly featuring a man resembling a federal minister.
Habib said Haziq had shown interest in politics and was disappointed after he failed to be appointed a PKR Youth exco when the leader he supported did not win the Youth chief post in 2015.
“Haziq then travelled to the United States for six months as an exchange student. When he returned, he went back to continue his studies in Universiti Malaya (UM).
“I then found out he was with Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu and intended to stand for the Sarawak state elections,” said Habib.
“I was really surprised when, at another time, he said he was an aide of a Pakatan Harapan minister.”
Haziq is currently a private secretary of Deputy Primary Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin.
Two family friends of Haziq, who had known him for more than a decade, said Haziq was in a steady relationship with a woman for years.
“He and his girlfriend were together for quite a while, but I heard they recently broke up,” said one of the friends.
A schoolmate who studied with Haziq at the all-boys school Sekolah Sains Alam Shah in Cheras said he was active in the school’s Islamic student body there.
“He comes from a very kind and respectable family in Kuching. He is very close to his family. When I first met him, he was a strong supporter of Umno and all we did was talk politics.
“Then, he became a Pakatan supporter. A few years later, he was following a Sarawak Barisan Nasional minister here and there, and I assumed he was for Barisan again.
“Then, suddenly I was shocked when he was appointed the private secretary to Shamsul,” said a friend who asked to remain anonymous.
Another friend, who knew him well during his UM days and was in the same batch, said Haziq was once suspended in 2012 for having taken part in the anti-PTPTN demonstration in Dataran Merdeka and for vandalising photographs of national leaders.
“He graduated and practised law for a short while in Sarawak,” said the college mate.
The Star reported then that Haziq and two other students were fined and suspended after they were found guilty of having hung funeral garlands on national leaders’ photographs.
On May 4, Haziq posted a photograph of himself with PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his family after watching the movie Avengers: End Game.
“Second time watching the movie. This time with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Avengers, assemble!” Haziq posted on his Facebook.