A three-minute video implicating a senior Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officer in an extramarital affair went viral on social media recently.
But it was more than a personal attack on the officer.
Umno Supreme Council member Mohd Puad Zarkashi told The New Straits Times: “(the video) was made with the intention of blackmailing (the officer and) MACC into not taking firm action in fighting corruption involving certain prominent political figures“.
“Through the dissemination of this defamatory story, they are hoping MACC will be scared away from pursuing certain investigations”.
He reiterated that the commission will continue its investigations without fear.
MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad has come forward to address rumours of his alleged extramarital affairs calling the claims “dirty and despicable attacks” by unnamed people, reported The New Straits Times.
In an interview with TV3 on Oct 17, he said: “We will not bow down to pressure. We will continue to carry out our duties and responsibilities to ensure that the country is rid of those who are involved in corruption and power abuse.”
“We will not be pressured and subject ourselves to these kinds of attacks.”
The release of the video not only put pressure on the MACC and the senior officer, but the woman in question, Ms Shazreen Mohd Hatta.
The clip’s author claimed that the divorce between Shazreen and her then husband – that took place on Sept 28 at the Ulu Klang lower shariah court – was because of the extramarital affair, reported The Malaysian Insight.
But despite pressure to clear her name, Shazreen said that she will not reveal the real reason for the divorce.
“Let the whole world blame me. For me to step forward and do an expose is not feasible as it would only worsen the situation and hurt more parties”, she wrote in a public Facebook post.
She also appealed for privacy following her divorce, but had no such luck.
The video included pictures of Shazreen and her children, as well as old clips of the MACC officer.
The clips showed the officer speaking about issues such as repentance, integrity as well as men and woman who deviated from their faith.
As engaging with a married woman is an offence in Malaysia under Section 498 of the Penal Code, a police investigation is still ongoing into the matter.
The crime is punishable by two years’ jail, a fine or both.