“We don’t want to know if these are old or new nude pictures. She must explain to us and if she is really guilty of having posed [for] or was involved in the taking of these pictures, we will not hesitate to take action.”
Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice-president Azmin Ali, commenting on the distribution of intimate photographs of Selangor state assemblyperson Elizabeth Wong. Azmin said that he had discussed the matter with PKR advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim. (Source: Nude pix scandal hits PKR rep, The Star, 16 Feb 2009)
Wong, also the state exco for tourism, consumer affairs and the environment, tendered her resignation on 17 Feb in the party’s interest. But she said that she was “not ashamed of [her] sexuality as a woman and as a single person”, and that she had not broken any law.
The only crime in question is a violation of Wong’s privacy, as she maintains that the materials have been distributed without her consent. However, Azmin’s statement revealed that the burden of proof was, at least in part, on Wong.
“The series of pictures (of the man posing with various ministers, and a picture of the aide with an assistant to the deputy prime minister) is proof he was planted by certain personalities for the purpose of this vicious attack.”
Azmin when commenting on allegations that Anwar had sodomised an aide. The party vice-president said that Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, the aide in question, had “just found his way into the office” during the March 2008 elections.
Azmin was reported to have said he was not surprised over the allegations of sodomy against Anwar. He said it was a political ploy to “arrest not only the top leadership of PKR but the movement as well.” (Souce: Azmin: He accepted volunteer in good faith, The Star, 30 June 2009)
Anwar is married, and anal sex, even while consensual, is still illegal under the Malaysian Penal Code. However, at no point in time did the party or Azmin publicly doubt Anwar’s innocence, or say that disciplinary action would have been taken against the PKR advisor, if he was indeed found guilty.