ELECTION season can also mean video season in Malaysia. After a series of explicit sex videos of politicians were uploaded, another seems to be in the works.
This time the sex video is set to implicate Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, who is also the treasurer-general of opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).
Responding to the threat, Mr Khalid said he would be "very happy" if it comes out.
He explained: "My wife is very happy in the sense that people might do something to me. Then I would stop being involved in politics and we can enjoy life and tour the world."
He was talking, tongue firmly in cheek, to the Chinese media.
Mr Khalid said his first exposure to gutter politics was in 2007 during a by-election. He said he has since learnt to overcome such situations, liberal news portal Malaysiakini.com reported.
"Imagine, I could have sleepless nights, asking questions... I would be thinking what sort of video it is," he mused. "(These days,) I'd be happy - very happy - to see the video, if it exists... It's nothing, we have gone through the process. So I am not worried. The reason I am not worried is that I did not do anything."
He claimed that he could have not have "fooled around" as he had the job of leading a state government.
"I could have done it in my younger days (when I was in the) corporate world," he was quoted as saying. "It would have been a much better situation than I'm in now," he joked.
Release may impact voters
He conceded, though, that the release of such a video would have an impact on some voters, but noted that the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN) and Umno, the leading partner in the coalition, would have already put it out if they have sufficient evidence that he is involved.
Last month, PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail claimed that Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, the daughter of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, and Mr Khalid were among PKR leaders who stood to be implicated in new sex videos.
Despite the threat of the sex video, Mr Khalid said he is confident that opposition coalition Pakatan will win 45 state seats out of 56 in Selangor, more than the 35 seats it won in the last general election.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Action Party (DAP), which is part of Pakatan, has fired back at BN with another set of allegations. The DAP has accused five Selangor BN candidates of having "bought" their high-level academic qualifications, liberal news portal Malaysian Insider reported.
The five include interim deputy foreign minister A. Kohilan Pillay.
Mr Ong Kiang Ming, DAP's election strategist, alleged that apart from Mr Kohilan, Port Klang Authority chairman Teh Kim Poh, Malaysian Chinese Association's Ching Eu Boon and Lee Ban Seng and Umno religious affair chief Ab Wahab Ibrahim had padded their resumes with degrees from universities that have been exposed as degree mills.
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