Friday, 02 March 2012 malaysiandigest
So, apparently, this ustaz, who had decided to join PKR instead of PAS, was alleged to have been caught in an uncompromising situation with another man’s wife in a hotel room in Kuantan recently. The accused is a communications director in the Selangor Mentri Besar's office who is a former law lecturer in International Islamic University Malaysia (UIA) and a graduate of the esteemed Al-Azhar University in Egypt.
By now, we have gone past the conception that all religious figures are morally uncorrupted. After all, scandals involving religious figures of various faiths that have been exposed in recent years we have realized even more now that there’s more to the headgears and robes and whatnot than meets the eye. So what more if the person in question is a religious figure and a politician and a PKR leader at that (alright, to be fair, Umno has more than its fair share of sex scandals too).So, apparently, this ustaz, who had decided to join PKR instead of PAS, was alleged to have been caught in an uncompromising situation with another man’s wife in a hotel room in Kuantan recently. The accused is a communications director in the Selangor Mentri Besar's office who is a former law lecturer in International Islamic University Malaysia (UIA) and a graduate of the esteemed Al-Azhar University in Egypt. Incidentally, my mother-in-law also said that the ustaz recites the Quran “beautifully”. But ‘ugly’ would more appropriately describe the situation the politician ustaz is embroiled in, whether he’s innocent or otherwise.
We are not certain yet to whether the ustaz is guilty or not. He has denied the allegation claiming he is a victim of a plan to “trap and embarrass” him. At first you’d want to believe him but, unfortunately for him, there are suspicious elements from the news reports on the case as well as his background.
Firstly, why hasn’t he lodge a police report over the incident where he claimed to had gotten a good beating from the mob of 20 men brought along by the husband of the woman he was with? It would be the first thing someone would do if they had been wrongly accused of misdoing (after getting hospital treatment) and getting whacked.
Secondly, why did he make himself vulnerable by allowing himself to be in the same room as the woman? Couldn’t he just settle everything in the lobby, or better still, meet the woman at a safer place? Being a known religious personality and a politician is more than enough to draw public attention especially at the wee hours of that Saturday morning. He really should have known better being a public figure and a former ISA detainee and all.
Thirdly, Kosmo! reported that investigations revealed that the hotel staff denied that the ustaz was beaten up as he claimed. According to security director of the hotel, its CCTV footage showed there were no signs of 20 men entering the hotel at the time the incident allegedly happened that fateful day around 2am to 3am and none of the workers saw a group of men entering the hotel.
Fourthly, and this is an arguable point by the way, the guy has two wives. He got married to his second wife immediately after being released from ISA. (I’ll leave it at that).