Malaysia's health minister resigned his cabinet post Wednesday after admitting he had been secretly filmed having sex with a female friend in a hotel room. Chua Soi Lek, 61, the most senior member of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's government to resign after a sex scandal, announced that he was also stepping down from parliament. A grim-looking prime minister said he accepted Chua's resignation and thanked him for taking responsibility for his actions.
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A one-hour DVD recording circulated anonymously last week showed Health Minister Chua Soi Lek, a married man with three children, performing sexual acts with the woman in a hotel room. Chua, 61, has admitted he was the man in the video and described the woman as a "personal friend. The former physician has risen fast in the government in recent years, but the scandal turned into a high-profile embarrassment for Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who brought Chua into the Cabinet in
Malaysia's health minister on Wednesday resigned a day after admitting that he was the person in a widely circulated, secretly filmed sex video, which has shocked this Muslim-dominated nation. He also quit as member of parliament from Labis with immediate effect, national news agency Bernama reported. His resignation came hours after he vowed not to quit over the controversial video. A minute video of Chua, a married man with three children, showed the minister performing sexual acts with his unnamed female friend in a hotel room from four different angles.
CNN -- Malaysia's health minister has resigned after being caught on videotape having sex with a female friend the country's national news agency said Wednesday. A day earlier, Health Minister Chua Soi Lek acknowledged that he was the man in a widely-circulated DVD that showed a couple engaged in sex in a hotel room. At the time, the year-old also added that he would not resign from his post or his party, the Malaysian Chinese Association, which is part of the ruling National Front coalition.
Malaysia's health minister resigned yesterday after admitting his role in a video showing him having sex with a female friend in a hotel room. Chua Soi Lek, 61, the most senior member of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's government to resign after a sex scandal, announced that he was also stepping down from parliament. Chua admitted on Tuesday that he was in the video, which has been splashed on the front pages of Malaysian newspapers since the DVD started circulating in southern Johor state last week.
Please provide search keyword s. The sex tapes, which are allegedly of Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali, were widely distributed to journalists and politicians via WhatsApp last week. Sodomy is a crime in Malaysia and in the past, Anwar Ibrahim, who Mahathir has named as his successor, has spent about a decade in jail under the law.
Chua Soi Lek, 61, stepped down a day after conceding that he was the man shown indulging in various sexual acts in the DVDs which were widely circulated in the minister's home state of Johor. Chua, a former doctor who is married with three children, had initially refused to resign after saying he had apologised to the Malaysian prime minister, Abdullah Badawi, and his family who had accepted his remorse. But with a general election he decided to spare the government further embarrassment and limit the political fallout in the conservative, predominantly Muslim country.
Tensions within the coalition have risen after sex videos purporting to show Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali, seen as a potential successor to Mahathir. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad called on Friday for unity in his ruling coalition, saying his administration could risk losing power due to infighting, as a sex scandal involving a senior minister worsened divisions in the alliance. Tensions within the coalition have risen after sex videos purporting to show Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali, seen as a potential successor to Mahathir, in bed with another man were circulated last month.