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Malaysia's gay sex video saga increases anxiety over stability of ruling coalition

Nine arrests in the space of 48 hours have reignited Malaysia's gay sex video saga, rocking the largest party in the ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition and increasing uncertainty over succession planning for when Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad eventually steps down.

National police chief Hamid Bador said just before the first arrests on Sunday that police were closing in on the mastermind behind an alliance that released the clips last month implicating Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) deputy president Azmin Ali, who is also Economic Affairs Minister.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 18, 2019, with the headline 'Video saga increases anxiety over stability of ruling coalition'. Print Edition | Subscribe