The allegation about a prominent Perak MIC leader caught on video having sex with a sex worker is absurd, MIC vice-president M Saravanan said, because not even "a single shred of evidence" has been adduced.
"It's all lies. Let us talk logically. With news of elections around the corner, it's golden opportunity for anybody who wants to damage the credibility of a leader," Saravanan said when contacted today.
The federal territories and urban well-being deputy minister brushed aside the accusation against the Perak MIC leader, saying "it is just theatrics".
"If that person claims that the opposition is in possession of the video, what are they waiting for? They would have released it by now, either fully or part by part," he noted.
Several news portals and mainstream newspapers carried the allegation, quoting an MIC Youth source as saying that the video recording was in the hands of the opposition.
However, Saravanan said, the allegation was to raise discontent against MIC and aimed at "instilling an opinion" detrimental to the individual.
Malaysiakini has not been able to contact the individual linked to the video to verify the claim.
'If concerned, come to the party first'
"No one is exceptional to these things, but these are just dirty tactics to harm the individual. Do you think it is a Bollywood movie for a release date to be set? Just release the video if what you claim is true," he said.
He also reprimanded the state MIC Youth leader who made the revelation, saying he should have first lodged a complaint with the party's central working committee.
"If he claims to be a MIC member and he is so concerned about MIC's performance in the coming general election, he should have come to the party with the news first," said Saravanan, who is also the Tapah MP.
MIC suffered the most massive defeat in its history in the 2008 general election when it retained only three of the nine parliamentary seats and six of the 19 state seats it contested.
In Perak, speculation is rife that the party's candidates will contest in two parliamentary and four states seats, including Sungai Siput, which was long held by former MIC president S Samy Vellu, until his defeat by PSM's Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj.