Anwar: Let the police authenticate the clips

Anwar: Let the police authenticate the clips

PETALING JAYA: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim have placed his trust in the police force to determine the authenticity of the gay sex video clip that featured a man resembling his deputy, Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

“We have already announced that we will leave it to the police.   I don’t want to make any conclusions. We can read the reports but the verification will be made by the police.

“Let’s leave it to the police,” said Anwar after attending the Aidilfitri open house organised by the Malaysian Indian Muslim Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MIMCOIN).

Azmin is also the Economic Affairs Minister. Azmin denied that he was in the video clip that first went viral last week.  However, the now suspended private secretary to Primary Industries Deputy Minister Haziq Abdul Aziz admitted that he was the one with Azmin.

Earlier today Australian media SBS News said that the video clip featuring a man resembling Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali had no video alteration.

“If it’s a deepfake, it’s a very good one,” said digital forensics expert Kevin Qyuyen said.

“At an image level, forensically it checks out. I ran a number of forensic analysis… across the three videos and at the six points I checked, there was no evidence of photo or image manipulation.”

Similar conclusions were made by Professor Siwei Lyu from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Albany in the US.

“Barring the compression artifacts, there are no definite trace of deepfake algorithms, such as inconsistent face orientations, or ‘floating’ of faces,” he said.

Anwar who is also Port Dickson MP tensed in the midst of another question that was asked regarding the denial of the faction aligned to Anwar and vice president Rafizi Ramli.

“What nonsense is this? Listen, you should not insinuate. It is very bad, libelous, slanderous, grossly unjust. We are sympathetic. It doesn’t make sense to cast aspersions without shred of evidence.

“Don’t deflect the central issue. We have a problem here.  We have to deal with it.  It does not solve any problem by casting aspersions against anybody,” he said.

He also stressed that PKR is united in spite of the ongoing controversy.

“The party is united. I was in Sabah, all the divisions attended. I was in Sarawak, all the divisions attended.  They came, they asked questions. Leaders were there.  It was a good meeting.”

“Of course, people are concerned with what is happening.  That is legitimate.”

“My concern is don’t cast aspersions against anybody. Should rely purely on facts and clear evidence because it is not a culture that we promote, support or condone.”