It could be “file closed” for Haziq

Recollections & Reflections – A commentary by Aziz Hassan


A LOT of the noise has been coming from one side and understandably, little from the other, and if those participating at various social media platforms are sceptical, one cannot entirely blame them.

After the recent video confession by political aide Haziq Abdullah Aziz on what was said to be a tryst with Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and the follow-ups to this, not much has been heard from the official standpoint.

But on Saturday news outlets reported on the statement by national police chief Datuk Seri Hamid Bador on the current status of investigations into Haziq’s claims.

“The investigation to ascertain the authenticity of the viral sex video implicating a minister is still ongoing, in accordance with guidelines set by the Attorney-General’s Chambers,” says Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador  (Bernama)

For now any hopes of the Haziq confession going much further and creating more damage to Azmin seems rather remote, unless the cops can come out with something definite, similar to the opinions of experts from Australia quoted days ago by the press. Those blokes certainly didn’t need as much time as our investigators to come to a conclusion, which was to confirm the authenticity of the video but without being affirmative on the identities of the two men involved.

It is the time being taken by Malaysian investigators that gives rise to the doubts and scepticism on social media.

What is rather odd is Hamid’s reference to “guidelines by the AGC” because in any case, the standard operating procedure is that in the first instance it’s the police that initiates an investigation, free from undue influence from outside. From there, the investigation papers go to the AGC, if the cops think that there indeed is a case to be further pursued. The AGC may agree to proceed with prosecution or requests the cops to probe further, to gather more evidence,