Malaysia sex video scandal a test of Mahathir's partnership with Anwar

Leaders and political operatives aligned to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (right) have grown uneasy about Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad commitment to his handover of leadership.PHOTO: BERNAMA

Tensions are rising between Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and his likely heir, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

In a country where sex scandals implicating aspirants to the national leadership are nothing new, last week's circulation of a sex video purporting to show Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali with another man was initially seen as a regular bump.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 16, 2019, with the headline 'Scandal a test of Mahathir's partnership with Anwar'. Subscribe