PKR’s lopsided justice over Haziq

PKR’s lopsided justice over Haziq

Should Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz be sent to the political guillotine as suggested by PKR vice president Zuraida Kamaruddin?

“I believe the party should take action against him. I will propose for the party to sack him at the political bureau meeting later today,” she said yesterday.

 Zuraida, who is also Housing and Local Government Minister said this in her attack against Haziq, who is also Santubong PKR youth chief.

For the record, Haziq who appeared in a confession video, implicated party deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali as his partner in a gay sex video clip.

The party’s disciplinary committee appears to be the saving grace as it issued a show cause letter which must be replied to in 14 days instead of axing Haziq.

Despite being a senior leader, Zuraida appears to have lost the plot when she called for the axing of Haziq.

Why is that so?

Zuraida is a leader of PKR, a party that came about following the injustice that befell its current president, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Anwar himself faced political persecution based on allegations of sodomy.  Zuraida was among those who took up the struggle for Anwar.

Why the hypocrisy of wanting to persecute Haziq now?

For the record, Haziq was probed for four issues: carnal intercourse against the order of nature, distribution of obscene material, intending to provoke a breach of public peace and misuse of network facilities.

Carnal intercourse against the order of nature is an offence punishable under section 377 of the Penal Code.

Zuraida is no lawyer but she should know by now that offences under section 377 requires both Haziq and Azmin to be charged in court.

It is not an offence like rape. There is an element of consent in this case. Both parties will have to face imprisonment up to 20 years and whipping if found guilty.

In the confession video, Haziq said that the clip was recorded without his consent. One may wonder, why would Haziq be involved in the distribution of the video clips via WhatsApp?

The same argument can be used against the charge of misusing network facilities.

Zuraida also happens to conveniently forget that the Pakatan came to power on the promise of upholding rule of law.

How in the world would sacking Haziq from PKR toeing to the rule of law?  Supporters of Zuraida may claim that the promise was done by Pakatan, not PKR.

If you cannot uphold the rule of law within the party, then you cannot be expected to uphold the rule of law of the nation.

As for Azmin, he has recorded his statement with the police.

So far, he has only denied the allegation and claimed political persecution.

If he was as innocent as he claimed, why has he not taken a lie detector test?  Nothing regarding the test has been mentioned by the police thus far.

He has not even done mubahalah oath which became a buzz word after Anwar’s accuser performed the oath, even though the oath is irrelevant because the word states that the matter of contention must be between two individuals related by blood and must be a matter of faith.

If Azmin had been involved in a homosexual affair, he would be running in contrary to Section 377 of the Penal Code.

Had the offence been committed in Selangor, Azmin would also be facing a fine of not exceeding RM2,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or both under Syariah Criminal Offenses (Selangor) Enactment 1995 for having sexual relations between persons of the same gender.

By: Nur Mashhadi

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