PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The appearance of a man in a red cap behind Mr Haziq Aziz, upon the latter's release by police after he was picked up over a viral sex video, has set tongues wagging in Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) circles.
PKR member and activist Badrul Hisham Shaharin posted photos of Mr Haziq, the principal private secretary to Deputy Minister for Primary Industries Shamsul Iskandar Akin, being escorted out of the Dang Wangi police station by his lawyer and a man who was wearing a red cap and shielding his face. They then entered a car with heavily tinted windows.
"The conspiracy is revealed. When he was released from the police station, see the picture of the man in the red cap. He is a knowingly active person in PKR and the motive of the video is made clearer," wrote Mr Badrul, who is known by his moniker Che GuBard, on Twitter and Facebook.
Mr Haziq has claimed to be in the sex video released last week with Malaysian Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali. Mr Haziq, a PKR youth wing leader from Sarawak, claimed his relationship with Datuk Seri Azmin lasted three years and that Mr Azmin had recorded their trysts.
Mr Azmin and those allied to him have implied internal sabotage, a claim that PKR president Anwar Ibrahim said had no basis.
The man in the red cap was later identified by fellow PKR members as Mr Ahmad Danish Hairuddin.
PKR members, in their WhatsApp groups, inquired about the role Mr Ahmad Danish had in Mr Haziq's release.
Photos of Mr Ahmad Danish with the topmost leaders of PKR were also circulated among the party's members and leaders, with many asking about his connection to Mr Haziq and the party leaders.
While most in the groups and social media raised questions, Mr Khalid Mohd Ismath, the Socialist Party of Malaysia's Youth chief, came to his defence, explaining that Mr Ahmad Danish was an undergraduate activist.
"He was with me as a Universiti Teknologi Mara activist," said Mr Khalid on Twitter.
"He was in Alor Gajah (Melaka) while I was in Shah Alam.
"He has known Haziq since their student days. Haziq had lost many friends since he viralled the videos. So why can't his friend give him some support?"
Another PKR member, Lee Slim Shady, further explained in a tweet that Mr Ahmad Danish had contested the PKR election last year for the post of the Kota Raja PKR Youth chief and lost.
There have been many conspiracy theories as to who was involved in the circulation of the sex video, which Mr Azmin had dismissed as a "nefarious plot" to kill his political career.
Despite the scandal, Mr Azmin has carried on with his duties as a minister and has attended the events that he has been scheduled to attend.