Leaked audio fiasco: Is someone listening in on all our private phone calls?

A LEAKED audio clip of a conversation between two voices sounding like UMNO president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has gone viral recently.

Hours after the recording was leaked, Zahid issued a statement denying that it was him in the audio, with Anwar following suit.

Many politicians have since then weighed in on this matter and what this means for both political parties.

Meanwhile, an outspoken UMNO MP and former minister Nazri Aziz said: “I am urging the Home Minister to investigate since a police report has been made. We cannot leave it just like that. We really want to know whether it’s true or fake. Only an investigation by the police will give us the real story.”

While I don’t usually see eye-to-eye with these politicians, I find myself agreeing with one thing: that Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin, along with the police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, must get to the bottom of this.

If the leaked audio is fake, it could be considered slanderous, and is dirty politics at its best. If it is true, it would mean that PKR and UMNO are up to no good again, and that Zahid’s earlier stance of ‘No Anwar, no PPBM, no DAP’ stance is just talk and could be regarded as a betrayal to his own party.

More importantly, if the audio was genuine, this would also mean that someone was able to listen into, and record the telephone conversations between private citizens. This is truly worrying. Are any of our private phone calls really safe anymore?

This leads to a bigger question: if it were so easy to tap into phone conversations, what is stopping criminal masterminds from tapping into important conversations of important government officials, for example?

In this case, if the leaked audio is proven to be genuine, this meant that someone out there has the means of tapping into private telephone conversations. This is a blatant invasion of privacy, and this cannot be allowed to happen again. – April 16, 2021

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