Dr M: No contradictions over sex scandals

Dr M: No contradictions over sex scandals

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad denied that he contradicted himself in his actions in dealing with cabinet members who were implicated in sex scandals.

This is in view of the sex scandal involving then Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in 1998 and the recent gay sex scandal that implicated Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

“I have been accused of contradicting my own stand in my response towards alleged sexual improprieties affecting a member of my cabinet in 1998 and the on-going sex video issue linking another member of my current Cabinet.”

“There is no contradiction,” said Dr Mahathir on his blog.

Mahathir explained that the expulsion and dismissal of Anwar in 1998 was not made based on the videos.

“The action taken in 1998 was not based on the video clip. That came later. The court had already made its decision. The subsequent videos did not influence the court or anyone else. It did not influence me,” he said.

He explained that in the case of Azmin, it was the video that went viral first.  He also reiterated that he  would not be an accessory to the  plot by taking action based on the video clips.

“In this recent case, the video came first.  Obviously it is an attempt to blacken the name of the particular person in order to blight his future.

“If I were to take the action expected of me, I would become an accessory to the plot. I have no intention to become the instrument of the plotters.  I will not be a part of such dirty politics.