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Religions back Anwar over sex video

Leaders brand rivals' alleged revelation as a violation of basic decency

Religions back Anwar over sex video
Anwar Ibrahim has previously been a victim of 'dirty tricks' reporter, Bangkok

March 29, 2011

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Religious leaders have condemned a 21-minute “sex video” allegedly featuring opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, calling those who revealed it “despicable” and “unscrupulous.” The video revealed last week shows a man resembling Anwar having sex with a prostitute in a hotel room. Former Malacca chief minister Rahim Tamby Chik and a prominent businessman, Shazryl Eskay Abdullah - both with close ties to the ruling party - revealed that they were behind the expose at a press conference also last week. The Malaysian Consultative Council for Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism expressed “great disgust and disbelief” regarding the video, in a statement yesterday. The council “wishes to register its utter horror and sheer disgust at the despicable methodology devised by unscrupulous and disgruntled [people aiming to] publicly humiliate [Anwar],” said the statement which was signed by council president, Reverend Thomas Philips of the Mar Thoma Church. This story being played up in the local media over the last few days “does not inspire the younger generation to place trust in the political process nor observe cultural, religious, social and moral norms,” the statement said. “This violation of basic decency and privacy is abhorrent and despicable.” The council urges “the government to take swift and firm action against those behind this scandal and begin ushering in a new era of self-respect, pride, trust and hope for the general well-being of all citizens,” it said. On March 27 influential Muslim cleric, Asri Zainul Abidin called for the rejection of “dirty and obscene politics” and the “dirty and ugly culture among politicians and the media in the country.” MS13784.1647
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