The social media is awash with reports of a sex scandal involving a senior Terengganu politician, and no, it is not the “one who looks like PAS’ Datuk Ali Mustafa” again.
They say the tape is allegedly of one of those who is not keen on seeing the current Terengganu Menteri Besar Ahmad Razif, and all fingers point to Ahmad Said, former Terengganu MB.
However, no one can be sure of the senior Terengganu politician involved, as the tape has only rumoured to have risen, but not publicised yet.
Whatever it is, one cringes just hearing the words ‘sex scandal’ or ‘sex tape’ in Malaysia, where it seems, every time there is a political crisis, a sex tape appears out of nowhere.
While sex and politicians is a savoury combination for those who want to plot the downfall in politics, it is quite disturbing that politicians still think that such bedroom scenes are going to make us decide on who we would tick in our votes next time round.
First off all, we have none of those Justin Trudeau-look alikes among our politicians, and it will just make most of us gag even to sit through such tapes watching the oldies put on their XL-sized briefs, let alone watch such tapes.
In the past, we have had many sex tapes, but all have merely put us voters on a heat of that moment only, but when election time came, the sex tapes became mere gossip fodder for us on our social media accounts and coffee-shops.
Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad came out with mother of all sex scandals by ‘exposing’ that his former deputy Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was not straight and was into gay sex.
The attempt to ‘kill off’ Anwar with a sex scandal backfired when the attempt was instead seen as maligning his family.
However, years later, Anwar now is being revered to a certain extent as ‘the’ best opposition leader Malaysia ever had. As a matter of fact, Mahathir has sort of joined in on his popularity, which Anwar had welcomed, albeit Anwar has yet to forget what Mahathir has done to him.
Then we had a few top politicians along the way, who either just faded away on their own – such as former Parliament Deputy Speaker D P Vijandran and former minister Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek.
We continuously have rumours of ministers getting together with artistes, some of which are confirmed and some of which are not.
Yet, when it comes to polling day, these sex scandals are not going to kill off any politician’s career, no matter even if they are from the most conservative areas in Terengganu or Kelantan.
If city people think it is going to horrify the rural voters that their elected representative is embroiled in some scandal, they must be aware of the fact that in Malaysia, straying is quite easily forgiven.
It may bruise and hurt the politician involved, but it will never incarcerate him.
Malaysian voters really do not care for sex scandals – what they are more concerned is whether their interests will be taken care of and whether the elected representative will deliver their bread and butter, or talk about it.
And at a time when every one knows that former Terengganu MB Ahmad Said is intent on bringing the current MB Ahmad Razif down, the rising of a sex tape is just not going to work to kill off Ahmad Said, who is already known as a loose cannon who will not give two hoots about it.