Navel Down Politics: First Ummi Hafilda, now enter Datuk T

March 22, 2011

“This is a humiliating, excessive and politically-motivated attack against my character and reputation and my family.”Leader of the Opposition, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim

Navel Down Politics: First Ummi Hafilda, now enter Datuk T

by Terence Netto (via e-mail)

If you want to bring a politician down, Malaysian style, aim from the navel down. That seems to be the tenor of the campaign against Anwar Ibrahim from as long ago – it has to be pointed out – as September 1998 till now.

Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim: Hemmed in on All Sides

If you thought soap operas have a decidedly limited run-time, the Malaysian variety is more durable. Peephole politics, the strand of voyeurism that had brought down some Malaysian politicians, has not received a more melodramatic display than when a ‘Datuk T’, in a more hi-tech exhibition of the style common to medicine sellers along Chow Kit Road, unveiled his wares at Carcosa Seri Negara, no less.

For several hours, he had our netizens on the edge of their seats, with dramatic foreplay.It seems nothing can be counted on to get Malaysians salivating more certainly than when told they are about to view the carnal escapades of the prominent.

In the end, this Datuk T’s (not Twit, I am sure, though his refusal to disclose his identity invites derisive conjecture) main play fell like the plop of a pebble dropped in a distant well. You wondered why if his tape was authentic he did not just circulate it on YouTube, like purveyors of such items as the tape on the lawyer VK Lingam, on the phone to a former judge, and that of the hijinks of Dr Chua Soi Lek, in his Batu Pahat eyrie.

No; Datuk T, in suitably melodramatic, Bollywood style, had to issue an ultimatum: the exposed politician supposedly caught in flagrante delicto, and his long suffering wife, must withdraw from political life, or else he would dump the incriminating evidence, like confetti, on the national concourse for the prurient entertainment of the hoi polloi.

In the event, Anwar Ibrahim, the assumed subject of the tape, pointed to his stomach and said his simulator had a bigger belly. There was some irony in this. Metaphorically speaking, Anwar has had to stomach a lot on his supposed sexual orientation since September 1998.

Purveyor, target and spectator

If you thought that the soap opera about his sexual predilections will have run its turgid course and cease to titillate, you would have to think again. The phones were ringing non-stop when Datuk T began his overture yesterday. For several hours, news of what it was leading up to held the cyber-alerted in a paroxysm of expectation.

“What could it be now?” must have been among their thoughts. It did not take long for the gas to splutter out of the bag: anyone who had what Datuk T purportedly possessed would have launched it rather than engaged in a striptease and in ultimatum-setting.

For something like 12 years now, the Malaysian political scene has had to endure periodic obsessive fits about Anwar’s supposed sexual escapades. Overall, the contretemps have cut a truly sorry spectacle, demeaning to purveyor, target and spectator. It is as if people have nothing better to do than to engage in an orgy of voyeuristic gratification. Nobody in Malaysian political history has had to endure this kind of treatment.

An entire political party, a police force, and a judiciary have had to fixate on this one issue. Assorted lawyers, doctors and laboratory scientists have been dragooned as accessories to the drama.  Why? Because to impugn his sexual orientation would be the surest way for his adversaries to down him on the very platform he chose to construct his political appeal: religion.More than any other politician, it was Anwar who brought religion to be the alpha and omega of Malaysian political life.

His adversaries cannot apparently best him on the great issues of the day; so they choose to do him down on the one issue that if he is found to be guilty of, it’s perdition for him. And they are prepared to scant the elementary restraints of common sense and due process in order to establish his guilt, all of which have conduced to a situation where the issue of his guilt or the lack, in its second edition more than the first, has become a suppurating wound on the body politic.

Not gay, but straight

Yesterday’s synthetic drama at the Carcosa Seri Negara only served to underscore the point that even if the sex is not gay but straight, the path to Anwar’s career-demolition would have to be sexual.

If religion had not been allowed to become a form of monomania, would this situation have arisen? This is not an argument for the rollback of religion from the national arena. Instead, it is an argument for the recognition that this is a genie that is best kept corked.

Once it is allowed out of the bottle, its gyrations can lead to the grotesqueries the Malaysian public arena has borne witness to in the last 12 years. This is simply contemptible.

All of which is grist for the point that the man who was largely responsible for uncorking the genie must be allowed the chance to coax it back into the bottle which only he can do, if for nothing else, from the power of his endurance of the whole gamut of nastiness visited on him.

Anwar never tires of saying that a Pakatan Raykat government would quite easily set right the major wrongs in Malaysian society. Cynics scoff at this claim but his boosters don’t have a scintilla of doubt about his ability to make good on that claim. But if he does coax the genie of religion back into the bottle, he would sport what the philosopher Isaiah Berlin described as greatness in a leader: the ability to transform paradox into platitude.

He sprung the genie out of the bottle and to have to endure some of the more invidious episodes stemming as consequence, enough, perhaps, to have dredged up the experiential wisdom to want to put it back where it properly belongs.

43 thoughts on “Navel Down Politics: First Ummi Hafilda, now enter Datuk T

  1. Notwithstanding the fancy write up in the article, anwar being a public figure has a moral duty, to come clean on this one. If his alibi stands great !! BN under Najib is truly bankrupt of ideas to go so low as he continues to lie through his teeth that he does not know Altantuya.

  2. To be fair to the much maligned Leader of the Opposition, he made a police report at the Dang Wangi Police Station at 10a.m. today. IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar promised that the Police will investigate the matter.

    As far as this Datuk T is concerned, he should at some stage be charged for hawking the porn video and made to bear the full brunt of the law. This kind of politics which started with the Chua Soi Lek porn video clip cannot be tolerated. –Din Merican

  3. The Malaysian Insider:

    By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
    March 22, 2011

    PUTRAJAYA, March 22 — A special unit will be formed to investigate a police report lodged by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim over the emergence of a sex video allegedly featuring him, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today.

    “This unit will communicate directly with the Inspector-General of Police. I have instructed the IGP to be more professional, transparent and thorough in this investigation,” the Home Minister was quoted as saying by national news agency Bernama.

    Hishammuddin said the case would be brought to the Bukit Aman police headquarters as it was a high-profile case and involved public interest.

    Anwar, his wife and numerous other Pakatan Rakyat lawmakers have since denied the authenticity of the clip.

    The PKR de facto leader has instead trained his guns on Hishammuddin and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, accusing them of being involved with the video screening that allegedly shows him having sex with an unidentified woman.

    Both the PM and the Home Minister had yesterday denied any involvement of the police and Home Ministry over the emergence of the sex video.

    “He can accuse anyone but in the end all we want is the truth,” said Hishammuddin today.

    IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar also confirmed today that police have begun investigations into Anwar’s police report. Ismail said the case was being investigated under section 292 of the Penal Code under possession and distribution of pornographic material. The IGP said he had received Anwar’s police report but refused to elaborate.

    A man claiming to be the mysterious “Datuk T” behind the screening of the sex video emerged again today, and said he would not surrender his recording to the opposition leader, his wife or any authority.

    Instead, he pledged to give a copy of the 21-minute long video and the Omega watch supposedly belonging to Anwar to an independent commission, which he urged all media and non-governmental organisations to jointly form to investigate the authenticity of the clip.

    During yesterday’s screening to selected media personnel at a prominent hotel here, the unidentified man had promised to surrender a copy of the video to Anwar and his wife Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail next Monday.

    This, he had said, was to enable the duo to identify the man in the video and subsequently to announce their resignations. Despite deciding not to surrender the video to Anwar and Wan Azizah, Datuk T pledged to stick to his promise that the recordings will be kept away from the hands of the authorities.

    This, he predicted, was because any police involvement would likely invite further denials from Anwar.

    Datuk T first emerged yesterday to reveal the video recording of a man resembling Anwar engaging in sex acts with a woman, believed to be a prostitute from China.

    According to Datuk T, the video was taken on February 21 from closed-circuit television camera recordings found in a hotel room in Kuala Lumpur.

    The black-and-white video was shown in several parts, beginning with the politician, a woman with East Asian features, and another unidentified man in a hotel room.

    The second part, recorded from four slightly different angles, showed the man receiving oral sex from the woman and then having sexual intercourse with her in several positions.

    This is not been the first time the opposition leader has been accused of having affairs, but analysts say the latest accusation might prove to be the breaking point for the federal opposition.

    Anwar was sacked as deputy prime minister in 1998 and charged and convicted of sodomy. He spent six years in prison before the country’s top court overturned the conviction in 2004.

    After his release, Anwar led his PKR, DAP and PAS to record gains in Election 2008, denying Barisan Nasional (BN) its traditional two-thirds parliamentary majority and cemented the three parties’ status as serious challengers for power with the formation of the PR pact.

    But he was arrested later the same year and charged again in court on another sodomy accusation involving a former male aide, a charge he has denied.

    So far Anwar has remained defiant in the face of the latest scandal, and despite the bleak outlook his supporters point out that he has made at least one improbable comeback in his career after he was jailed and could still do so.

  4. It is much too late for that Dato.

    Malaysia has acquired the reputation of a Muslim country living out a schizophrenic existence torn between values that belong to another age and those of western liberal tradition.

    The Old Testament has taught us to regard the human body as God’s temple, sacred and to be held in high esteem and respected. We are not to stuff our orifices (mouths, ears and noses etc) with food and substances that are regarded as ‘unclean’. Chua Soi Lek and Anwar and Saiful and others are guilty to varying degrees.

    But it is time Malaysians get over it and move on.

  5. So Anwar was caught on tape doing the ‘congress’ with an identified female in the privacy of his rented premises and later doing the ‘herd of the congress’ with Ukranine women recruited from the security detail of Ghaddafi (now missing, believed to be in a secure location).

    So what’s new??

  6. Since March 2008, the nation has not moved forward even an inch. Politicking has over-ride every and any little advancement the country needs to develop and grow/prosper. The so-called tried and tested (50 over years) BN govt has shown us that it has gone rotten (what with rampant corruption and all institutions of governance compromised) and the chief executive occupying the highest position, with full executive powers as well, is showing us he cannot institute reforms of any nature, other than clinging stubbornly to power obviously for selfish reasons, and is not prepared to step aside.
    How frustrated we the rakyat feel. How can we be made to endure such blatant inequalities and abuse of governance? And now this low-down sex tape episode. Is Anwar so indispensible to Pakatan that he must be eliminated at whatever cost? I say to PM Najib, if you can’t do a proper job, please step aside.

  7. The country is fast losing its moral compass or is it already lost?
    If we want to progress as a nation Malaysian Politics must be spiritualised and its Religion secularised.

  8. ‘”The second part, recorded from four slightly different angles”
    CCTV cameras are usually stationary and record from one angle only. So how could the second part be recorded from slightly different angles unless there is a cameraman behind the cameras.

    They watch too much porno and let their imagination run wild. Just wonder whether there was an impossible acrobatic act involved.

  9. All right, I shall do what’s right and take the rap for Anwar. It was me, people, not Anwar. Chinese girls don’t often give head – but the ones who do are truly incredible. If I had known there were hidden cameras, I’d have attempted a few really difficult positions…

  10. semper, no need to analyze this any further.
    It’s not worth our time. They just wanna trash Anwar’s credibility, irregardless of discerning asses like us. We don’t matter. It’s the kampung idiots they are targeting.
    The way i see it, BN-Umno’s not getting great reviews from MI nor other intelligence sources.
    Otherwise why should all this effort, dirt and flotsam surface? Sort of a Mexican Standoff:

  11. If i were to make a wild guest I’ll say the mysterious Dato T could very well be Terrence Net to . On second taught , ‘T’ could more likely be Toyo of Balinese Mansion fame …

    Gosh! The ad-libbing in everyday Tanah Melayu culture always had an extemporaneous way of delivery . One only needs to observe the common trait of their beating around the bush in the form of ‘ pantun ‘ exchanges when asking a woman’s hand in marriage to draw a conclusion of the Malayan psyche . Apparently , the syndrome has caught-up in their politics

  12. Just by looking at the most read section on the star’s website, one can conclude that malaysians are obsessed with sex. Anyway, is it legal to be putting CCTV in a hotel room?

  13. Who Is Dato T.He is none other than Dato Eskay.The guy who sue Dato Yahaya Jalil on Jambatan bengkok.

    Who Book the Hotel at Carcosa.Risda.Who is the Chairman Risda.Tan Sri Rahim Tambi Chik.
    Is The police involved.

    I am not sure but why the police officer invited Johari MP for Sungai Petani to Hotel Flamingo Ampang to watch the video.They want to convince him to leave PKR.

    Who is the other UMNO member who was there.Dato Shuib Lazim

  14. Never knew that showing porn in public is legal. Good on you Naszri. Please let the rakyat know when and where the Chua Soi Leg and Vijandran sex videos will be shown.

  15. Anyway, is it legal to be putting CCTV in a hotel room? — didi

    For many men, it could be educational. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to learn from one another. It is never too late.

    For the womenfolk, watch and learn.

  16. In order to “grow the economy”, perhaps the Malaysia Govt should take steps to promote the local adult movie industry?

    After all, we are already famous as we are constantly in the international news — sodomy, Mongolian lover, etc.

    The Roman ruling elite gave the masses “bread and circuses”. In Malaysia, we are more advanced, i.e. handouts of money and other election-related goodies and a constant stream of sex “scandals”. In fact, we are beating the modern day Romans (the Italians) at their game.
    Move over, Silvio Berlusconi!

  17. I think you can bet that we are seeing the beginning of sodomy 3. Umno together with the police & Gani Patail will fix up Anwar and charge him u/d s. 377B Penal Code of carnal intercourse against the order of nature..which is introduction of the penis into the mouth of the woman…the same charge he is facing in Sodomy 2 but of slightly different facts. They have problem with Sodomy 2. They have to make Anwar preoccupied with court render him impotent politically. That is their battle strategy.

    In Sodomy 1, it was Anwar who lodged a report and eventually finds himself charged. Hishamuddin subtly lured Anwar to make a rpt and promptly announced the set up of a special team to investigate. Be ready for Sodomy 3.

    Their intention is to busy Anwar with another drawn out court case and to drain him mentally and
    politically. The AG will come out with a statement that since the person looks like Anwar and there was oral sex, he has to be charged so that the court can decide on the matter. I bet you Gani Patail will turn his law books and all possible legal permutation to charge Anwar for carnal intercourse. That Dato T has been give full assurance by Umno that he is immune from prosecution..hence he could act with impunity.

  18. The honorable thing for Anwar to do is admit it and resign. He can save PKR from a lot of heartache in the coming GE.
    Of course he can stay and lead like the MCA porn star. Then we can have two porn stars in Malaysian politics.
    But that will not sit well with his image as a pious Muslim leader.
    PAS has said it will stay away from Pakatan if the tape is genuine.
    As for Ummi Hafilda, she was stopped from doing her ceramahs in Kedah yesterday.
    She was gloating about the video and said she has many more videos to expose.

  19. Little big shot?
    What have you shot?
    The little or the big horn?
    Your conjectures are indeed neither small nor big.

  20. “People will believe a big lie sooner than a little one. And if you repeat it frequently enough, people will sooner than later believe it.” -Walter Langer.

    This must be in UMNO’s playbook.

  21. CLF,
    The Little Big shot is more of little Big Horn. He must have watched too many Blackadder III…..Watch the show

  22. 1. Yes, notDatoT 1:19 pm.
    The power of the Internet!

    2. Bad mistake. No clearance by the
    professionals/consultants before release of
    defective product by the local producers.
    Now, how to spin it in the face of widespread public condemnation?

  23. Take a deep breath, Kat. We need to see the depths of depravity, before we appreciate the Light. It’s gonna get more interesting, interesting-er and insteresting-est!

    The absolute lack of morals and deception will continue, and i don’t think anyone with the exception of Anwar, who has faced Hell, can prevail. Perhaps Lim Guan Eng too.
    Now their nemesis (the pedophile) is back with vengeance. But i seriously don’t think it ends with him and PM. The real Dalang cannot be ‘touched’.

  24. CLFm i am SO upset reading this and how they can do this. Look at Anwar Ibrahims tired face. I know that before enlightenment there must be darkness , I cannot even bare this. This is too Dark, too Evil.

  25. You already know, Kat, that suffering is the path to to all that is good and honorable.
    Sometimes, we can only pray..
    But Righteousness is not from us.
    Allah knows and grieves, just as we grieve.
    We shall pray, not for ourselves but for others who have to face the Darkness.
    Without Darkness, there is no Light.
    That is the condition of our despicable Politics.

  26. Allah knows and grieves, just as we grieve.
    C.L. Familiaris – March 23, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    How is it that you contemplate so much and understand?
    He does grieve doesnt He ,only we humans tthink are smart, for our own good. We have done this, this depravity, this greed, this power insanity ,at all cost. This darkness is our own doing.

  27. Yes Kat, we are human and ‘existential’.

    Let me quote to you this saying by C.S. Lewis:
    “The sins of the flesh are bad, but they are the least bad of all sins. All the worst pleasures are purely spiritual: The pleasure of putting people in the wrong, of bossing and patronizing and spoiling sport, and backbiting, the pleasures of power, of hatred.. The self righteous prig who goes regularly to church (or mosque) may be far nearer to hell than the prostitute. But, of course, it is better to be neither.”
    Such sayings are self-evident to any seeker.

    While we shouldn’t over-anthropomorphize Allah – He (gender neutral) as our Creator knows us better than we know ourselves.

  28. God said, “Let there be light” and there was light: Genesis 1:3

    That was more than 5,000 years ago. Today,
    you want light? You gotta go buy batteries first. Batteries not included. Nothing is free.

  29. Royal Commission? Do the 3 jokers realise the financial implications is not from their corrupted grandfathers’ pocket but from our honest taxpayers’ money. Malaysians have so many problems and issues of their own to worry about and any commonsensical rakyat will tell the three stooges to get lost with their cheap degrading fabricated tapes.

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