GEORGE TOWN, Apr 19 – The candidacy of the high profile Malay DAP members for the next general election Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari, a 34-year-old married man with two children, today denied that the male in the photographs looked like him shown hugging a woman resembling a DAP Youth exco member, Dyana Sofya, after such pictures emerged online yesterday.
This is the first time he is directly addressing the matter, having previously declined comment about the emergence of another set of photographs and a video of the two dancing. Among the photos widely circulated on social media, are those of the couple kissing while the other shows the woman holding up a wine glass.
“No, it’s not me. It is clearly another attempt to malign me with personal attacks. They are fake, and that’s all I have to say. Clearly, some conductor behind the orchestra,” Zairil told Malay Mail Online through text message. Yesterday, DAP Socialist Youth executive committee member Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud similarly rejected the photographs as a politically-motivated attack.
“This is the third personal attack within two months, I assume the general elections must be very near. No matter who is in the photos or videos in which I allegedly feature, these are major privacy intrusions into that person’s life. I am sad that our political culture has gone to this. I have no time to entertain this type of personal and vindictive attacks,” she wrote, referring to pictures of her purportedly with Zairil spreading online.
The latest pictures are arguably the most distinct of the three releases. In the newest set, the man and woman are shown sitting closely at a restaurant in one photograph. Meanwhile, another also shows him holding her affectionately and yet another depicts the two kissing.
The photographs – which depicted a man and a woman at a restaurant, where one of the photograph appear to depict the couple kissing – were widely circulated among pro-BN WhatsApp groups and websites yesterday. The photographs, the third set to be circulated on the Internet to allege that the duo are having an affair, were also posted by Rizal Mansor, an aide to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s wife Rosmah Mansor.